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First published in 1842, Gogol’s classic tells the tale of Akaky Bashmachkin - a penniless, aging clerk in an unknown government department of St. Petersburg - who realizes his precious, shabby old coat will not last the winter. He has no option but to tighten his belt to afford a new one. But when his beautiful, immaculately tailored overcoat is finally ready, then his life seems suddenly filled with purpose - while out on the streets wretched souls are desperately yearning for the all encompassing warmth of his overcoat.

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