Plays and Petersburg Tales: Petersburg Tales, Marriage, The Government Inspector

Paperback | November 9, 2008

byNikolai Vasilyevich GogolTranslated byChristopher EnglishEditorRichard Peace

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In these tales Gogol guides us through the elegant streets of St Petersburg, the city erected by force and ingenuity on the marshes of the Neva estuary. Something of the deception and violence of the city's creation seems to lurk beneath its harmonious facade, however, and it confounds itsinhabitants with false dreams and absurd visions - `nothing is what it seems!' warns Gogol.St Petersburg is also the setting for Marriage, Gogol's satire on courtship and cowardice. Finally, for The Government Inspector, indisputably Russia's greatest comedy, we move to the provinces although even here St Petersburg's preoccupation with status and appearances makes its presencefelt.

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In these tales Gogol guides us through the elegant streets of St Petersburg, the city erected by force and ingenuity on the marshes of the Neva estuary. Something of the deception and violence of the city's creation seems to lurk beneath its harmonious facade, however, and it confounds itsinhabitants with false dreams and absurd vision...

Christopher English is a translator for the UN; Richard Peace is Professor Emeritus of Russian at the University of Bristol. Together they collaborated on Village Evenings near Dikanka and Mirgorad.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 0.78 inPublished:November 9, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199555060

ISBN - 13:9780199555062

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