"The Nose" is a satirical short story by Nikolai Gogol. Written
between 1835-1836, it tells of a St. Petersburg official whose nose leaves his
face and develops a life of its own.
Dmitri Shostakovich's opera The Nose, first performed in 1930, is
based on this story. A short film based on the story was made by Alexandre
Alexeieff and Claire Parker in 1963 and used pinscreen
He thrust in, this time, all his fingers, and pulled forth—a nose! His hands dropped to his sides for a moment. Then he rubbed his eyes hard. Then again he probed the thing. A nose! Sheerly a nose! Yes, and one fa- miliar to him, somehow! Oh, horror spread upon his feature! Yet that horror was a trifle compared with his spouse's overmastering wrath.
"I said nose, not Nossov. You are making a mistake. There has disappeared, goodness knows whither, my nose, my own actual nose. Presum...more
In the meantime, Kovaliov wakes up to discover he has no nose. Covering his face with a handkerchief, he starts do...more
First of all, the barber's irresponsibility and how he wanted to get rid of the nose, and then there is the major's ignorance, because he gained his position due to his long service and not to his capacity nor his education, and he keeps referring to his acquaintances, this lady and that lady , in a sign that people in that time were only represented by whom they knew instead of whom they we...more
A quick note...more
From Vaught's Practical Character Reader, p 86.
My nose is somewhere between "Good and Bad" and "Selfish and Hopeful." I'd like to keep it that way, so I don't end up with a replacement nose that is "mental."
(How funny that I encountered "The Nose" and the Practical Character Reader in th...more
Í gjøgnum søguna roynir Kovalyov at finna nøsina aftur, men tá hann so einaferð hittir Nøsina (við stóra N), vil hon ikki kennast við hann. Hon hevur fingið sítt egna lív, hevur latið seg í klæðir og tikið arbeiðið hjá Kovalyov. Nøsin er farin at líkja...more
Preposterous! A nose, hopping off someone's face in the middle of the night, and parading around for the next few days in full uniform. I particularly LOVED part II - POV: Major (Collegiate Assessor) Kovalev. He's so arrogant - I can imagine his pompous arrogance turned mortal embarrassment at the predicament of being n...more
Tried to look around for interpretation of what the story might mean, is there some symbolism going on with the losing of the nose thing. But in the end I decided there's no straightforward answer to "what this s...more
While I was entertained with its magical realism, I was thinking of castration or impotence. Horrible, right? But really, for men, the nose is like a penis. But of course, imagining it otherwise, is absolutely disgusting and sick. Though, just like Kovalyovs, without it, it...more
First of all I get this copy free of Charge as PDF file in English Language, Actually It was Feedbook who provide me with this book.
In fact it was an amazing initiation from GOGOL to provide the literature fans with such a crazy story. "The Nose" is all about a collegiate assessor called KOVALEV who had lost his nose one morning when he wake up, being without nose is something creepy, especially for the Russian society which cares much on the appearances of its subjects. The C...more
Truth be told, I'm not sure. I read this as part of my 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die challenge. I recommend it to anyone looking for a quick and amusing read. The image of the nose in uniform is definitely one that will stay with me.
"De pilda,un domn afirma cu indignare ca nu poate intelege cum este cu putinta ca intr un secol luminat sa se raspandeasca astfel de nascociri absurde si ca se mira cum de guvernul nu se sesizeaza .Probabil ca domnul acesta apartinea acelei categorii de cetateni carora le ar placea ca guvernul sa intervina pana si in certurile zilnice dintre nevasta si barbat."
I don't remember when was the last time that I read such an enjoyable short story."The Nose" is ridiculous, but in a good way.I thought it was written very wittily and I just loved the irony (that Gogol has used extremely well).
I really liked it!
Baffling. (Plot explained). Introduction suggests castration complex. G's fear of sexual relations. It is also meant to be influenced by Tristram Shandy. Russian literature is meant to be full of jokes and sayings all about noses. Satirical tone: all-round piss take?
not quite sure why. great story, though.
Simbolismo e allegoria senza fine, per la gioia di tutti i sapientoni. Poi il racconto è finito, sono andato allo specchio a vedere la situazione, il mio naso era là. Già che c'ero mi son tolto un paio di punti neri.