The power of Ukraine intends to redeem the manuscript of the second volume of Mykola Gogol’s Dead Souls. The owner of this manuscript, American collector, businessman from Florida Timur Abdullaev, informed on Wednesday.
In accordance with the expert conclusion, this manuscript has a historical significance.
According to Timur Abdullaev, during last two day he got calls from Kyiv with offer to buy the rarity.
Timur Abdullaev announced on Wednesday that he owned five chapters of the book, the completed manuscript of which Gogol burnt before his death in 1852 at the age of 42. He said he was making the announcement in connection with the 200th anniversary of the Gogol's birth on April 1, ForUm informs, referring to Ria Novosti.
The first four chapters of the book plus a later chapter were published in 1855 from copies of surviving drafts of Dead Souls II.
It's possible that this is a copy of the surviving five chapters of the second volume of Dead Souls.
Dead Souls (1842) was, in the words of the writer, an "epic poem in prose," and was reportedly intended as the first part of a trilogy. The book's title comes from the practice of counting the "souls" of serfs in property registers, and the book contains gross caricatures of some of the worst elements of Russian life at the time.
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