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Diary of a Madman, The Government Inspector, & Selected Stories (Penguin Classics)

Diary of a Madman, The Government Inspector, & Selected Stories (Penguin Classics) [Kindle Edition]

Nikolay Gogol , Robert Maguire , Ronald Wilks
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Author, dramatist and satirist, Nikolay Gogol (1809-1852) deeply influenced later Russian literature with his powerful depictions of a society dominated by petty beaurocracy 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 every written. The stories gathered here, meanwhile, range from comic to tragic and describe the isolated lives of low-ranking clerks, lunatics and swindlers. They include Diary of a Madman, an amusing but disturbing exploration of insanity; Nevsky Prospect, a depiction of an artist besotted with a prostitute; and The Overcoat, a moving consideration of poverty that powerfully influenced Dostoevsky and later Russian literature.

About the Author

Gogol, Nikolay Vasilyevich (1809-52), Russian writer, whose plays, short stories, and novels rank among the great masterpieces of 19th-century Russian realist literature.

Ronald Wilks has translated many Russian works of literature including, for Penguin, those of Gorky, Sologub, Tolstoy, and Pushkin, and most recently, three volumes of Chekhov's stories and his short novel, The Shooting Party.

Robert A Maguire is Professor and Head of Department at Columbia University. He is the author of several books about Russian literature and the prize-winning translator of Petersburg by Andrei Bely (Indiana UP, 1979) and most recently, for Penguin, of Gogol's Dead Souls.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1323 KB
  • Print Length: 372 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B00ERJRH2O
  • Publisher: Penguin; New Ed edition (1 Dec 2005)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002RI9M2K
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #85,366 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfection 21 Mar 2011
Gogol is a fricking genius. I got this book for my birthday and it has served as my 'introduction' to Gogol, and it is brilliant - magical realism, humour, satire... just incredible. I thoroughly recommend this book.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect introduction to Gogol 5 Sep 2008
I had only read 'The Overcoat' before and was looking for more of Gogol's short stories. This book had a great selection and the play was also a good addition. Comparing to some other Russian works I have read, the translation here was excellent.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very good introduction to Gogol 4 Jun 2012
I had never read Gogol but after reading this collection, I became an absolut fan. It contains one short story from the collection "Evenings On a Farm Near Dikanka", one from "Mirgorod" collection and 6 from the editorial cycle "Tales of St. Petersburg. The latter are absolutly magnificent, as is the play "the Goverment Inspector". This collection's only flaw is that it does not include "The Portrait"(from the Petersburg cycle), but it remains however an amazing introduction to Gogol's work. After reading this collection I was bent on collecting all of Gogol's oeuvre. I must say that the Petersburg cycle is undoubitly Gogol's most accomplished work, however I strongly recomend reading "Dead Souls" - a hilarious and satirical depiction of Russia's landowners, govermment officials and petit burgeousie- and "Evenings On a Farm Near Dikanka" - amusing tales of horror and Ukranian folklore, although the latter appears to be quite hard to obtain in english - I was very fortunate and happy to find it was published in Portuguese, my native tongue).
if you've never read Gogol before, prepare to laugh, ache and to be intellectually stimulated, all at once.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Truth or Farce 26 Mar 2014
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Very well written and well translated. The basic story is simple but it is the insight into what we are led to believe is the motivation of the community. It is a matter for the reader to consider the purpose of the Author, is he really suggesting this is a true depiction of small town mechanics, a parody of the truth, a tilt at the rigid caste system, or just a pleasant farce.. Who knows ?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 9 Feb 2014
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Brilliant book, I recommend it to others more than I do any other book. If you are reading this you must be considering it.. BUY IT!
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A seemingly stable setting or situation – whether a household, a society or an individual – is suddenly and unexpectedly destabilized by the intrusion of an alien element. The result is confusion and fundamental change which usually cannot be undone. In The Government Inspector the life of a small provincial town is disrupted by the unexpected arrival of Khlestakov, a young man who is mistakenly identified as a government inspector. Even though he leaves towards the end of the &quote;
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