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Revizor: (The Government Inspector) : A Comedy in Five Acts (Studies in Slavic Language and Literature, V. 9)

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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 revolu

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Hardcover, 310 pages
Published January 1st 1996 by Edwin Mellen Press (first published 1835)
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Fernando
Feb 17, 2017 Fernando rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
¡Qué más puedo agregar de Nikolái Gógol que ya no haya comentado antes! Padre de las letras rusas junto a su gran amigo Alexandr Pushkin, escritor multifacético y narrador auténticamente original, creador de la novela moderna rusa a partir de su libro Almas Muertas considerado el “Quijote ruso”, fue también pionero en su maestría a la hora de relatar cuentos.
Con sólo recordar El capote, La nariz, Viy, Diario de un loco, el lector sabrá del calibre de escritor que era. Escribió también una peque
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Jana
Mar 05, 2016 Jana rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kakva je ovo samo komedija bila - najburnija reakcija koju sam imala bilo je zevanje. Mislim, ovo je ipak više tužno nego smešno jer verujem da je slika tog malog ruskog gradića i više nego istinita slika i prilika naše drage nam Srbije danas.
Ali ipak, osavremenite nam lektire, preklinjem vas.

David Sarkies
Apr 30, 2014 David Sarkies rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People wanting a good laugh
Shelves: comedy
Corrupting the Official
3 March 2014

To start off I feel that suggesting that Gogol is a Russian would be a bit of an insult to the Ukrainians, especially at this point in time, since his biography on Goodreads indicates that his mother was Polish and the father was a Ukranian Cossack (and he also wrote in both Russian and Ukrainian, though no doubt the languages are little more than a dialect of each other – though I would not be running around Maiden Square screaming that at this point in time)
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Debbie Zapata
Nov 23, 2016 Debbie Zapata rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gutenberg
I was looking forward to this play, but although the translator's introduction praised it to the skies, I ended up not being able to get too interested. It may have shown the standard operating procedure of the corrupt Russian officials of the day, and it certainly was funny at times, but it was also predictable.

When I read something and think 'oh, this or that is going to happen', I write down the idea and then see how long it takes to come true, if at all. This time I was right on every count.
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Ahmed
Jul 07, 2016 Ahmed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

مسرحيتين و7قصص صغيرة يستق بهم غوغول أن يكتب اسمه بحروف من نور في تاريخ الأدب العالمي وليس الروسي فحسب،مجموعة مؤلفات جديرة بأن توقعك في عشق الكاتب ولا تندهش من مقولة دستويفسكي عنه:لقد خرجنا جميعا من تحت معطف غوغول،أما عن معطفه المقصود فهو أقصوصته الأعظم.

أما عن المسرحية التي حمل الكتاب عنوانها(المفتش العام)فه تجمع بين حس الدعابة المضحك الكئيب والذي لا يبرع فيه أحد مثل الكتاب الروس،مسرحية غاية الظرف واللطف والخفة،وحولت إلى العديد من الأعمال المرئية سواء سينما أو تليفزيون،بل إنها حولت فكرتها لأكثر م
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Karim Abdel-Khalek‎
كانت التجربة الأولى لي مع جوجول مع قصته الرائعة العظيمة (المعطف ) و كانت قصة كئيبة للغاية ، و ظننت أن هذه المسرحية و كل كتابات جوجول ستكون مثل معطف جوجول ، و لكن المفاجأة أن تلك المسرحية كانت كوميدية ، و كوميدية جداً

تصل رسالة إلى المدينة تخبر العمدة أن هناك مفتش عام قادم ، و لأن العمدة و أعوانه أهملوا المدينة فهم خائفون من ذلك المفتش ، يحدث سوء تفاهم و يظنوا أن شاب مستهتر هو المفتش العام و يقوموا بخدمته طوال المسرحية

المسرحية تبين لك الخوف بين الطبقات ، فالموظفون خائفون من العمدة و العمدة خائف من
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فهد الفهد
المفتش العام

قرأت هذه المجموعة بعد (الأمسيات في قرية قرب ديكانكا) و(تاراس بولبا)، حسب تاريخ صدور هذه الأعمال، في هذا الكتاب يظهر لنا غوغول الذي عرفه الروس ومن ثم العالم من بعدهم، تضم المجموعة ثلاث مسرحيات وسبع قصص، تبدأ بمسرحية (المفتش العام) والتي تعرض لنا بشكل ساخر قرية روسية تترقب قدوم مفتش عام، ويقع سكانها بالخطأ في يدي محتال يتظاهر بأنه المفتش العام المنتظر، الغريب هو أن المسرحية لم تعجب مؤلفها عند عرضها، وصار يرفض حضور عروضها بل إنه فر من روسيا كلها ليتجنب المسرحية وآراء الناس حولها.

المسر
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Yani
May 19, 2016 Yani rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Apenas voy a comentar la obra porque es muy corta y revelaría argumento innecesariamente. Me pareció muy divertida, alocada y con personajes desopilantes (empezando por el alcalde que trata de tapar su propia incompetencia). Eso sí: rozan lo desagradable. Gogol juega con los equívocos y las personalidades corruptas de los personajes para lograr una obra muy amena, que se deja leer en un día (me gustaría verla representada, por supuesto) y que te hace soltar más de una risa. La última escena es g ...more
Çağdaş
Apr 05, 2016 Çağdaş rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kemal Sunal'ın "Deli Deli Küpeli" filmini andıran, Rus Bürokrasisinin çürümüşlüğüyle alay eden, çıkar ilişkilerini ve yozlaşmayı irdeleyen trajikomik bir yapıt. Bazı yerlerinde çok güldüm. 19. yy 'da yazılmasına karşın günümüze bu kadar benzemesi düşündürücü. Çarpıcı ya da üzerinde düşündürecek diyaloglar yoktu. Altını çizdiğim yer olmadı ancak okumak keyifliydi!
Núria
'El inspector' puede que sea la obra más divertida que he leído nunca, la comedia más perfecta que me he encontrado nunca, hilarante y seria a la vez, grotesca pero equilibrada, una sátira implacable pero también una reflexión moral de lo más pesimista.

En un pequeño pueblo ruso de provincias, delante del anuncio de la llegada de un inspector general de Moscou con instrucciones secretas, las autoridades locales (el director del hospital, la directora del colegio, el jefe de correos, el juez, el
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Ahmad Sharabiani
Ревизор=The Inspector General, Nikolai Gogol
عنوان: بازرس؛ نیکلای گوگول؛ مترجم: محمدرضا نیک بخش؛ تهران، بامداد، 1355، در 192 ص؛ موضوع: نمایشنامه های نویسندگان روس قرن 19 م

عنوان: بازرس - کمدی در پنج پرده؛ نیکلای گوگول؛ مترجم: آبتین گلکار؛ تهران، هرمس، 1388، در 147 ص؛ شابک: 9789643636029؛


نمایشنامه ی «بازرس»، با خبر آمدن یک بازرس، به شهری دورافتاده آغاز میشود. خبر، مسئولان ادارات را به تکاپو میاندازد، تا برای نابسامانیها و تخلفات خود و همقطاران تدبیری بیندیشند. مردمان شهر نیز به صرافت میافتند تا نا
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Laura
May 20, 2014 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Laura by: Bettie
From BBC Radio 4 :
The corrupt officials of a small Russian town react with terror to the news that an inspector will soon be arriving to investigate them. Farcical tale by Gogol, adapted by Rene Basilico.


Tuqa Mohammad
Dec 15, 2015 Tuqa Mohammad rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
تجد في هذه المسرحية الرمزية المحببة ،
تقريبا تجدها في أغلب أعماله الأدبية
بعيدا عن هذا إليك إقتباس منها :
"لكنك لا تؤمن بالله ، أنك لا تذهب الى الكنسية صباح كل أحد
و لكن اذ ما تَكلمت عن الخلق و أصل الكون ، ترتعدُ مفاصل السامعين من هول ما تقول ! "
Bettie☯
May 10, 2010 Bettie☯ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: BBC Radio Listeners
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Simon Mcleish
Feb 25, 2012 Simon Mcleish rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
Originally published on my blog here in December 2000.

Gogol's most famous legacy may be this farce about corruption and stupidity in the local government in Tsarist Russia, but he was in fact not a political radical. He even wrote an attack on the abolition of serfdom, and spent much of his life embarrassed by the enthusiasm with which would be reformers reacted to the play. He proposed allegorical interpretations of what he had written, which would have lessened its impact if anyone had accepte
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Ibrahim
قال (جوجول) عن هذه المسرحية: "أردت أن أجمع فيها، في كومة واحدة، كل ما كنت أعرف في روسيا من قبح، وكل ما كان يمارس فيها من جور وظلم" . وبالفعل فقد جاءت المسرحية تجسيد واقعي وحقيقي لكل الآفات التي كانت تعاني منها حكومة ومجتمع روسيا القيصرية في ذلك الوقت .

القصة طريفة بالطبع، وكوميدية جدًا . وهذا يؤكد ما أعتقد أنه، بنسبة كبيرة، كان أسلوب "جوجول" في معالجاته القصصية والمسرحية . يستخدم ما يمتلكه من حس ساخر ومتهكِّم في صياغة معالجات محورية وجوهرية ذات هدف هام ونبيل . هو يكتب إذن ليكشف الأخطاء ويسلط الضو
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TarasProkopyuk
May 02, 2013 TarasProkopyuk rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: play
Пьеса «Ревизор» настолько веселая и смешна, что иногда просто бывает невозможно читать. Бывает что автор устами героев выдаёт такие изумительные фразы и изречения, которые приводят до коликов в животе. Просто умопомрачительное мастерство этого-такого Гоголевского, тонкого и изящного юмора, в которое я просто безумно влюблён. :)

А комичность ситуации заслуживает аплодисментов стоя. Насколько известно идею этого произведения Гоголя ему в очередной раз подсказал Александр Пушкин. Автор немного подк
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Alp Turgut
Gogol'un en olgun oyunu olarak nitelendirilebilecek "The Government Inspector / Müfettiş", gücünü alt metninde barındırdığı ciddi politik ve siyasi eleştirilerden alan başarılı bir yanlışlıklar komedyası. Yapısıyla zaman zaman Gogol'un bir diğer oyunu olan "Kumarbazlar"ı andıran oyunda insanların çıkarları uğruna neler yaptığına bir kez daha tanıklık ediyoruz; ama bu sefer Gogol'un tarzıyla. Müfettiş karakterinden kaymakama kadar tüm karakterlerde günümüz politikasından bir şey bulmak mümkün. Ün ...more
Sol
Jan 24, 2008 Sol rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
near perfect plot, hilarious,comic,sattiric and loads of irony
Samir Nammoor
" أردت أن أجمع فيها، في كومة واحدة.. كل ما كنت أعرف في روسيا من قبح و كل ما كان يمارس فيها من جور و ظلم"

و حقاً قد فعل نيكولاي جوجول في هذه المسرحية الساخرة، و التي يمكن سحبها على كل مجتمعاتنا و ليس فقط المجتمع الروسي..
Bruce
Feb 08, 2015 Bruce rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: lovers of the supernatural, satire, Russian & French literature
We've had this book on our collective shelf since my wife picked it up at a bookstore in (then) Leningrad (now St. Petersburg). She was looking for something in English to read to break up the monotony of a Soviet semester abroad. I feel her pain, as I was coincidentally spending a similar semester in the starving, stony wastes of corrupt, collapsing Moscow.

My impression of Gogol was always loosely dependent on Shostakovich's adaptations of The Nose and The Gamblers. In other words, I took him s
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Samuel Gombe
Mar 31, 2017 Samuel Gombe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
BOB CHINSKY AND DOB CHINSKY....FOREVER IN MY MIND...quite sad that the hypocrisy and the rot in leadership persists todate...in country Kenya..the Governor has a chain of illicit love affairs,the governor cannot account for the county expenditure...just like The Mayor..the more things change ,the more they remain the same.This saying rings true 200 after the publicatin of this wonderful masterpiece
Vlasta
Zajímavé drama. Tři a půl hvězdičky, možná bych dala víc, ale to si kdyžtak schovám na knižní verzi. Jako audiokniha to bylo zpracováno opět hezky, je to vskutku dramatizace plná hereckých výkonů. V podstatě mi přijde domnělý revizor sice jako podvodník, na druhou stranu, proč nevyužít hlouposti a špatnosti druhých ve svůj vlastní prospěch. Tak to na světě prostě je. Kdo chytí příležitost za pačesy, může z toho těžit. Trochu smutné.
Realini
Jun 10, 2014 Realini rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Inspector General by Nikolai Gogol

This is outrageously funny, but with a twist. You have all the good time in the world reading or listening to it, but you might also feel pity for the people of the world who live with such administrators and crooks.
I know that one of my eyes cried with laughter and the other with bitterness.
The regime I have known was communist…corrupt to the bone by definition. This was replaced, and I played my small “revolutionary” part, being mentioned in Newsweek, on a
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Aaron Krebs
Nov 15, 2016 Aaron Krebs rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I never know what to rate "classics" like these. It's short, to the point, and in my own limited experience with the genre, very very Russian. It's also 180 (!) years removed from its first performance in public, which astounds me - the mistaken identity trope has been done and redone to death in the 2 centuries since, but you can't hold it against THIS tale. (That's another problem with classics - there's a "oh, ok, been there done that" aspect to a lot of the plots, and giving them the credit
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Can Küçükyılmaz
Tezer Özlü Rus yazını bize çok benziyor demişti. Rus ve İran edebiyatı gerçekten bize bizi anlatır gibi. Hikaye Kemal Sunal'ın oynadığı Bekçiler Kral'ı filmini anımsatıyor. Devleti temsil eden tüm kadroların büyük veya küçük suça karışması, denetlenmekten ölümüne korkmaları bizlere de pek yabancı olmasa gerek. Bekçiler Kralı'nın aksine hikayenin kahramanı o kadar iyi niyetli birisi değil, ki bana sorarsanız böyle bir toplumsal yapıda daha gerçekçi bir tasvir olmuş.
Maan Kawas
Dec 07, 2014 Maan Kawas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A beautiful satirical comedy of errors by Gogol! The play addresses a number of themes and issues, such as corruption, greed, hypocrisy, jumping to conclusion, prejudgement and misunderstanding, appearances vs. reality, and social class.
Hadrian
Apr 07, 2011 Hadrian rated it it was amazing
Brilliant comedy by one of the masters of Russian lit. Pokes fun at mistaken identities and foolishness of Imperial Russian society.
Eva
Jan 26, 2015 Eva rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classic
Komediální drama o nepoctivcích, kteří si tak bravurně kryjí pozadí, až se z toho sami napálí. Kouzelné.
Lauren
Sep 03, 2011 Lauren rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had no idea I would enjoy this as much as I did! Very funny play; looking forward to seeing it live!
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Nikolai Vasilievich Gogol (Николай Васильевич Гоголь) was born in the Ukrainian Cossack village of Sorochyntsi, in Poltava Governorate of the Russian Empire, present-day Ukraine. His mother was a descendant of Polish nobility. His father Vasily Gogol-Yanovsky, a descendant of Ukrainian Cossacks, belonged to the petty gentry, wrote poetry in Russian and Ukrainian, and was an amateur Ukrainian-langu ...more
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