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The Government Inspector

by Nikolai Gogol

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The corrupt officials of a small town in Tsarist Russia mistake a penniless clerk from Moscow for a government agent in Gogol's satire on the grotesque side of human nature. A play described by Vladimir Nabokov as the greatest ever written in the Russian language. Includes text, notes, commentary and background.

Nikolai Gogol (1809–1852) was the leader of the realist revolution in19th century Russian drama and literature. His plays include Marriage and The Gamblers.

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Text: English, Russian (translation)

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A question: Why did Gogol allow Hlestakov to escape without punishment after taking the money from the officials in town?


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