Diary of a Madman is one of Gogol's greatest stories. The tale follows the life of a minor civil servant during the repressive era of Nicholas I. Following the format of a diary, the story shows the descent of the protagonist, Poprishchin, into insanity. Diary of a Madman, the only one of Gogol's works written in first person, follows diary-entry format. This Sovereign Classic edition also includes the following other tales: The Mantle, The Nose, A May Night.
About Nikolai Gogol
Nikolai Gogol, a Ukrainian-born Russian dramatist, novelist and short story writer, one of the preeminent figures of the natural school of Russian literary realism, with influences of fundamentally romantic sensibility, and strains of surrealism. His later writing satirised political corruption in the Russian Empire leading to his eventual exile.