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The Diary of a Madman. The Government Inspector and Selected Stories

The Diary of a Madman. The Government Inspector and Selected Stories

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Author, dramatist and satirist, Nikolay Gogol (1809-52) deeply influenced later Russian literature with his powerful depictions of a society dominated by petty bureaucracy and base corruption. This volume includes both his most admired short fiction and his most famous drama. A biting and frequently hilarious political satire, The Government Inspector has been popular since its first performance and was regarded by Nabokov as the greatest Russian play ever written. The stories gathered here range from comic to tragic and describe the isolated lives of low-ranking clerks, lunatics and swindlers. They include The Diary of a Madman, an amusing but disturbing exploration of insanity; Nevsky Prospekt, a depiction of an artist besotted with a young woman; and The Overcoat, a moving consideration of poverty that powerfully inspired Dostoyevsky and later Russian writers.