Nikolai Gogol, Revizor [The Government Inspector]

Ros Dixon (National University of Ireland)
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The reputation as a dramatist of Nikolai Gogol (1809-52) rests almost entirely on one play, his five-act comedy



The Government Inspector


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 larger-than-life grotesques who are yet neither types, nor cartoon figures, but…

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Citation: Dixon, Ros. "Revizor". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 15 September 2008 [, accessed 22 June 2024.]

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