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The Government Inspector

A Comedy in Five Acts. Studies in Slavic Languages & Literature v. 9

Volume editor Michael Beresford
Format: Hardback
Publisher: The Edwin Mellen Press Ltd, New York, United States
Imprint: Edwin Mellen Press Ltd
Published: 31st May 1996
Dimensions: h 240mm
ISBN-10: 0773488405
ISBN-13: 9780773488403
Barcode No: 9780773488403
This edition of the play seeks to provide the reader with all that is required for a full understanding of Gogol's classic. Every aspect of the play has been carefully researched, and a detailed account of its composition, reception and stage history is given in the introduction. The text, in the original Russian, is accompanied by a commentary on points of linguistic, literary or historical interest. There are copious notes on colloquial Russian idiom. Misconceptions about the nature and purpose of Gogol's dramatic masterpiece are common, and this edition attempts to set the record straight, using evidence taken from the writings of Gogol and his contemporaries. The play, innocent of any political intent, emerges not as a light-hearted farce, but as a subtle satirical comedy, a brilliant exposition, not just of bribery but of corruption in many guises. Its characters, far from being grotesque, are shown to be "real" people and recognizable types.

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