Nikolai Gogol: Revizor. [The Government Inspector] (2399 words)

  • Ros Dixon (National University of Ireland)

The reputation as a dramatist of Nikolai Gogol (1809-52) rests almost entirely on one play, his five-act comedy Revizor [The Government Inspector or The Inspector General], which is widely acknowledged as a masterpiece and in which he succeeds in fusing disparate elements into a meticulously crafted whole. This is at once a hilarious comedy and a serious satire on corruption and greed; sparkling wit and knockabout farce are counter-pointed by a sense of despair at human folly. Its setting is at once familiar and disconcertingly surreal; moving at lightning pace, it casts us into an often nightmarish world, both eerie and fantastical, that nevertheless never entirely loses touch with reality. It is peopled by …

Dixon, Ros. "Revizor. ". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 15 September 2008
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