Diary of a Madman

Diary of a Madman

Description

Originally published in 1835, this is one of two works by Gogol dealing with the "little man" (the other is "The Overcoat"). Of over 150 examples of this genre, these two stories are often considered the most complex, both linguistically and psychologically. Poprischin is not at the bottom of the social ladder; he is a middle-aged, grade nine civil servant, with at least ten minions under him. Nevertheless he is painfully aware of the social gap between himself and his Director and, even more so, between himself and Sophie, the Director's daughter. Poprischin's frustrated love for Sophie drives him into madness, the stages of which are catalogued in diary form. These stages include imagined conversations between dogs and hallucinations set in a Spanish madhouse. This edition is based on the latest critical edition of the text to be published in Russia and follows the 1835 version of the text.


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Details

Author(s)
Nikolai Vasilievich Gogol, Michael Pursglove
Format
Paperback | 64 pages
Dimensions
140 x 216 x 3mm | 86g
Publication date
01 Apr 2013
Publisher
Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Imprint
Bristol Classical Press
Publication City/Country
London, United Kingdom
Language
Russian
Edition
New edition
Edition Statement
New edition
Illustrations note
black & white illustrations
ISBN10
1853994723
ISBN13
9781853994722
Bestsellers rank
2,848,252