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After disappearing from the Deputy Inspector's face, his nose shows up around town before returning to its proper place.
Hardcover, 31 pages
Published September 29th 1994 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published 1836)
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Bill  Kerwin
Aug 05, 2016 Bill Kerwin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-stories

Gogol’s “The Nose” (1835), is an early triumph of surrealism, daring and delightful in the way it jars and disjoins one realitiy from another, but it is also a vivid realistic depiction of the sights and sounds of early 19th century St. Petersburg (including the essential bridges, buildings and monuments), a savage criticism of the way petty bureaucrats jockeyed for position within Russia’s complex government classification system, as well as a critical examination of the nature of story-telling
Sep 02, 2016 Praveen rated it it was amazing

One day a nose suddenly goes
To whither, nobody knows

Thus leaving a smooth vacancy
On gentle face an averse fancy

Then it was found in the street
Panting owner, rushing feet

His nose was now higher in rank
Nose thus rose and owner sank

How the deuce had that happened?
Let us read it till the end

A beautiful satire by Gogol.
I really enjoyed it.
This story is a nicely written symbolic story, which is depicting snobbery in social order of his time.
Though story is absurd, yet is
It is a truth universally acknowledged that the longer and more carefully we look at a funny story, the sadder it becomes.

As expected, this is a hilarious story. After an intriguing introduction that I shall refrain from explaining, we are told that a man woke up, looked at his mirror but didn't find any labyrinths of time nor tigers that haunt dreams. He only noticed that his nose had disappeared. Was it during the night? Perhaps a second before he opened his eyes. We will never know. But, in
Huda Yahya
ماذا لو أن أنفك قرر أن يترك وجهك ويصير له إرادة حرة..؟

مسؤول حكومي مثلا..؟
وماذا لو أنه صار أعلى منك رتبة ومكانة..؟

ماذا ستفعل..؟


كما استيقظ جريجور سامسا ليجد نفسه قد تحول إلى حشرة
يستيقظ كوفاليف فلا يجد أنفه في مكانه المعتاد فوق شواربه
كيف يعيش دون أنفه الذي به يرفعه بتعال أمام الآخرين..؟
كيف له أن يغازل الحسناوات دونه..؟
إنها مشكلة.. أليس كذلك..؟


والقصة مليئة بالترميز ونقد سخافات المجتمع الشديد السطحية والنفاق
وعلى مدار السنوات كتبت عشرات التفسيرات لهذه القصة ومغزاها
Bookdragon Sean
“This world is full of the most outrageous nonsense. Sometimes things happen which you would hardly think possible.”

Indeed, like losing your nose.


And for the man who has lost his nose, his life is literally now over. How could he possibly be seen in public again? How could anyone ever take him seriously? How could he ever get that all too important promotion or ever please his wife? So ridiculously funny this reaction becomes, the nose is everything to him and losing it means he can no longer
May 28, 2011 Cindy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Some people take Gogol too seriously. Me? I just apply duct tape to the edges of my nose to make sure it won't get up and walk away. It seems to be a functional, cheap solution. And I can change the color weekly!

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
So...I sort of removed my nose. (ok don't laugh pls, I know I look mad. I did it for er, literature)

[Voldanya] (A portmanteau of Voldemort and Ananya, geddit geddit? :D :D :D)

Notice how the patch is as uniform as a newly fried pancake.

Gogol's short story Nose (Нос) is about a Collegiate Assessor Kovalyov who one day wakes up with his nose missing (I was reminded a little of Kafka's sad novella Metamorphosis). The novelette is bizarrely humorous and follows the noseless adventures of Kovalyov run
May 07, 2015 Seemita rated it really liked it
Shelves: novella, humor
Hold thy nose, aye, hold thy nose;
Thee reason behind my crazy prose!

Mine went hopping, like it didn’t care,
Left my face, a patch so bare!
Mighty, my pride, huddled aground
And I ran in search, all about;

Ahoy! It worn a senior garb!
And scorned at my verbal stab,
And the wound, sullied my chance
With a dame, of marital dance.
All random strolls, I also lost,
Something that I enjoyed most.
No agent, no police could rescue
My adamant nose’ vulgar boo!

And just when I abandoned
My search, hope undone;
Gogol, said to have an ugly nose himself, gives this nose (maybe his) a life of it's own. Whatever meaning was intended, Gogol delivers a tale as entertaining and funny as any short story I've read.
Sep 21, 2015 Junta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those with a nose
Recommended to Junta by: Elham
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Collegiate Assessor Chabolyov woke up rather early and looked at the notifications on his phone. He wanted to have a look at the likes and comments on the Goodreads review he had posted the previous night, but to his great surprise he found that instead of the 'g' icon there was nothing but an absolutely empty spot! Perplexed, Chabolyov clicked on the All apps icon, but the app could not be found. He began trying his other apps to make sure the phone was not malfunctioning
Mar 11, 2015 Fernando rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
En La Nariz, Gógol lleva el absurdo a su límite máximo, pero también, demuestra con este cuento fantástico y cómico pero a la vez, como en Rusia se luchaba por escalar posiciones dentro de la ajustada escala burocrática que se imponía y a la vez, Gógol reflexiona sobre como chocan a veces y en forma indefectible ciertas clases sociales y expone lo que sentían muchas personas ante el “dolor de ya no ser”, degradado socialmente y sobre todo a nivel jerárquico en una época en donde puesto se rankea ...more
Camille Stein
Apr 23, 2017 Camille Stein rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Гоголь, Николай Васильевич [Gogol, Nikolai Vasilievich], (Рыбников, Алексей Александрович [Rybnikov, Alexey Alexandrovich]) |


Iván Yakovlievich, como todo hombre formal en Rusia, ocupado en un oficio, era un borracho empedernido, y a pesar de que a diario rasurase barbas ajenas, la suya permanecía siempre sin afeitar. El frac de Iván Yakovlievich (no usaba nunca levita) era pardo. Es decir, que su verdadero color era negro, pero se hallaba cubierto de manchas grises y
"Strange events happen in this world, events which are sometimes improbable."

THE NOSE is a very peculiar and nonsensical little story about a St. Petersburg official whose nose leaves his face and is found in a baked-loaf in the home of his barber (no kidding) developing a life of its own.

Weird! Weird! Weird!......but funny Weird!

Fatema Hassan , bahrain
Mar 25, 2013 Fatema Hassan , bahrain rated it really liked it

بما اننا في زمن تقال الأشياء السهلة فيه بطريقة صعبة و متعجرفة لغويًا لتنال فيه الإعجاب، فلا أقل من أن نلتجئ لمن يقول الأشياء الصعبة بطريقة سهلة و مبسطة، كنوع من التغيير من حين لآخر و ترسيخًا لروح الأدب الرفيع و ليس المتكلف.

من المتعارف عليه لدى القراء إن الأدب الروسي هو الإبن البار لغوغول، كم التأثير في أجيال و أجيال من الكتاب ليس بالمهمة السهلة و ليس بالمنصب الذي يحتله أحد ما عبثًا، في قصة الأنف تجد ميزة بِكر في مزج الفنتازيا بالواقع بقلم غوغول، فبمجرد توجه الكاتب للفنتازيا - عادة - لا يعود منطق
Amr Mohamed

انا لي رأي من زمان ان لو رمزية او اسقاط الكاتب موصلش للقارئ بتكون مشكلة وعشان كدا اغلب الروايات من النوع ده تقييمها بيكون نجمة او اربعة وخمسة .

اختصار القصة حلاق صاحي بدري مراته بتفطره قهوة كل يوم قالت له لأ هسخنلك عيش النهاردة, فتح العيش لقا مناخير ظابط بيسموه الرائد..مراته شتمت اللى جابوه وانت سفاح خرطت مناخير الرجل وهو يقول مش أنا....انا اخري اعمل فتله وحلقة رونالدو..
يتنقل بنا المشهد للرائد يصحا يلاقي نفسه من غير مناخير ينزل يجري فى الشوارع يدور على مناخيره , هوبااااا يلاقي مناخيره عبارة عن شخ
Apr 08, 2017 Amina rated it liked it
Me when I started reading:


Me when I finished reading:


3.5 stars, the book had Gogol's strange humor, it's about a "nose", yes, a "nose" who decided to drop off its owner's face and be a state-councillor and the nightmare, its owner went through to get it back.

Μαρία Γεωργιάδου
Μία νέα έκδοση κομψοτέχνημα από τις εκδόσεις Ερατώ με σύντομο αλλά κατατοπιστικό επίμετρο και υποσημειώσεις.

Στο σατιρικό διήγημα Η μύτη του Νικολάι Γκόγκολ που δημοσιεύτηκε για πρώτη φορά το 1836, κεντρικός ήρωας είναι ο Πλατόν Κοβαλιόφ, ένας ευπαρουσίαστος και με κύρος ταγματάρχης, που ξυπνώντας ένα πρωί, συνειδητοποιεί ότι η μύτη του λείπει από το πρόσωπό του. Ο Κοβαλιόφ, αναλογιζόμενος τις συνέπειες της κατάστασης αυτής, κινεί πανικόβλητος γη και ουρανό για να τη βρει και να την κολλήσει και

Sep 23, 2016 André rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-books, reviewed
Se começássemos por Gogol e então lêssemos Kafka, já não estranharíamos tanto o segundo. Tanto num como noutro, o absurdo é-nos entregue como facto, solto, não havendo lugar a explicações ou esclarecimentos. Ano e meio após ter lido O Processo fafkiano, continuo a perguntar-me: por que raio foi Josef K. alvo de uma acusação cujo fundamento nunca lhe foi revelado? E no momento a seguir logo me lembro que, no fundo, perguntas como essa não têm a menor relevância para a história. O mesmo se passa a ...more
Mohammed  Ali
Aug 26, 2016 Mohammed Ali rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
رائد الأدب اللامعقول " غوغول " يطل علينا بقصة قصيرة رائعة مليئة بالرمز و السخرية .
Knarik Avetisyan
May 13, 2014 Knarik Avetisyan rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed
The Nose is a piece of sheer play, almost sheer nonsense. In it more than anywhere else Gogol displays his extraordinary magic power of making great comic art out of nothing.


Critics note that the story's title in Russian (Нос, "Nos") is the reverse of the Russian word for "dream" (Сон, "Son"). As the unreliable narrator himself notes, the story "contains much that is highly implausible", while an earlier version of the story ended with Kovalyov waking and realizing that the story was indeed a dr
The Nose is one amazing satire which, although written in the 1830s, it can just as well consist a strong commentary on our modern society. Another proof that some things never ever change. Clever is the right word.

The Carriage is another short story contained in this edition, not as magnificent of course as The Nose, but still a quick and entertaining piece of literature. Gogol sure had his way.
The perpetual question that is always asked among contestants at any beauty pageants:

“ If you were given a chance to change any part of your body, what would it be and why?”

The common answer is that they would not change anything as they are satisfied with what they have. But the immortal answer I have ever heard is by our very own Melanie Marquez-Lawyer prior to her winning the title of 1979 Ms. International because of her flaw grammar structure:

” I would not change anything because I am conte
what's this ? what's this craziness !

i'm pretty sure that gogol was out of his mind when he wrote this short story because a normal writer can't simply write something like that .
it's a hilarious story about a collegiate assessor kovalyov who one day wakes up with no nose ( his nose disappears with no reasons and reappears another day with no reasons too ) obviously the story contains other details but i wont spoil it for the ones who want to read it .
you just have to read between the lines , i
Nov 15, 2012 Yani rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Pasó un tiempo para que me topara con alguna lectura que me atrapara por completo, a tal punto de querer terminarla de una sola vez. Satírica y absurda, esta historia resulta ser un híbrido de géneros (hay realidad, humor, fantasía) y eso no impide que el lector la comprenda.

El argumento es extraño. Ivan Yakovlevich es un barbero que se levanta un día cualquiera a desayunar, corta un pan y encuentra en el medio una nariz. Sí, una nariz. Y la reconoce como aquella que pertenece a Kovaliov, un col
Liz Janet
Satirical, short, and I m still wondering, like an idiot, what the hell the nose represents. So the nose of the main character goes missing, and he is on a quest to find it. That is the basic of the story. The other story here, “The Carriage,” was very lacking when compared to the first story. Was it added to make the short book longer? Probably.
Γιώργος Μπέλκος
Τα προηγούμενα που διάβασα από τον Γκογκολ (Το ημερολόγιο ενος τρελού, Το παλτό, Το πορτρέτο) μου άρεσαν πολύ περισσότερο. Δεν με παρέσυρε οπως τα υπόλοιπα. Γενικά πραγματεύεται ζητήματα που έχουν αναδειχθεί πολύ καλύτερα στα παραπανω κείμενα που προανέφερα. Σε γενικές γραμμές μέτριο.
Andrei Tamaş
Decăderea umană pe un fundal fantastico-absurd?! Forţat! Iar explicaţia naratorului din final mi se pare nu destul de convingătoare încât să fie o ironie evidentă. Singurul lucru care mi se pare a sta încă în picioare, şi chiar solid, este stilul indirect liber, în care Gogol e maestru...
Apr 03, 2016 Marilena. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Αλληγορικό ή όχι,το βρήκα πολύ έξυπνο και αστείο.
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Nikolai Vasilievich Gogol (Николай Васильевич Гоголь) was born in the Ukrainian Cossack village of Sorochyntsi, in Poltava Governorate of the Russian Empire, present-day Ukraine. His mother was a descendant of Polish nobility. His father Vasily Gogol-Yanovsky, a descendant of Ukrainian Cossacks, belonged to the petty gentry, wrote poetry in Russian and Ukrainian, and was an amateur Ukrainian-langu ...more
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