Author Archive | Jan Banning

Major Adolph Dalaney works in the Reconstruction Room of the Traffic Police at the Liberia National Police Headquarters in Monrovia, capital city of Liberia. 2006.

Jan Banning | Sitting, working, behind a desk

The bureaucrat, that cryptic figure of modern life also known as a civil servant or public official, is a common feature of world literature. He, for he is typically male in Tsarist Russia, appears at the centre of Nikolai Gogol’s proto-modern fictions, most memorably in The Overcoat (1842), a short story about “a certain civil […]

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