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The civil servant Ivan Matveich and his wife Yelena Ivanovna are spectators of an exhibition - in a shopping arcade - of a crocodile owned by a German, when Ivan is suddenly swallowed alive by the animal. Unsuccessful in his attempts to be freed from his prison, due to the German's concern for his crocodile and excessive desire for compensation, the civil servant gradually comes to appreciate his new environment, while his wife begins to enjoy her new-found freedom. Inspired by Gogol's surreal tales, Dostoevsky's hilarious story has been interpreted by some as a vitriolic piece of social criticism and a veiled attack on the revolutionary philosopher Nikolai Chernyshevsky.

ABOUT THE SERIES: Alma Quirky Classics collection includes little gems by famous authors, such as Jonathan Swift, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Oscar Wilde and many others. All the books in this collection are presented in a small paperback format.

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  • Publication Date: April 12, 2017
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • Lending: Disabled
  • Print Length: 130 Pages
  • File Size: 850 KB

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