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The Diary of a Madman, The Government Inspector and Selected Stories : Penguin Classics - Nikolai Gogol

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

Penguin Classics


Published: 10th January 2006
For Ages: 18+ years old
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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 bureaocracy 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.

Ivan Fyodorovich Shponka and his auntp. 3
How Ivan Ivanovich quarrelled with Ivan Nikiforovichp. 29
Nevsky Prospektp. 78
The nosep. 113
The overcoatp. 140
Diary of a madmanp. 174
The carriagep. 197
The government inspectorp. 211
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ISBN: 9780140449075
ISBN-10: 0140449078
Series: Penguin Classics
Audience: General
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 368
Published: 10th January 2006
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.9  x 2.1
Weight (kg): 0.27
Edition Number: 1