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.

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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