Hello readers! We’re announcing today that our first novel, “Dead Souls: An American Poem” will come out this summer, serialized every Sunday on the website:
FAQs: Wait, I heard of “Dead Souls.” What’s going on here?
“Dead Souls” is Nikolai Gogol’s 1842 classic that features the picaresque scam artist Tchitchikov. It is a satire on Russian class and stratification, and by the end, Tchitchikov is run out of town by local officials for purchasing the names of dead peasants.
Gogol intended to write “Dead Souls” in three parts, and ultimately redeem his morally hollow (but still hilarious) character. However, Gogol only finished the first part, and he burned the second part as he was unsatisfied with it.
“Dead Souls: An American Poem” is the sequel to Gogol’s original, except set in modern-day America. While it has elements of class satire to it, this is more a general political satire.
Okay then. What is “Dead Souls: An American Poem” about?
Tchitchikov’s scam is alive and well! He has constructed a method to harvest the votes of the dead and bring them to the ballots a few weeks before Florida’s general election. He does what any sensible man would do with such a list of votes: goes out to sell them. But he gets more than he bargained for, and is sucked in to a fierce political battle between Representative Fairwell, a burned out but honest man, and his challenger James Kingston, a young, entitled politician from the Kingston political clan.
Tchitchikov, as an immigrant (as he IS from Russia) must either betray the political revolution he sees unfolding before him, and the friends he has met, or lose everything.
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We’d love to! The first chapter will go up this Sunday, and if you enjoy it, please peruse our store (at this link) to help support us! Preorders will go out Aug. 13.
Thanks so much, and please let us know what you think of the book!