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The Overcoat and The Nose

4.02  ·  Rating Details  ·  394 Ratings  ·  29 Reviews
Nikolai Gogol was born in the Ukraine in 1809. Vladimir Nabokov wrote of his work that "after reading Gogol one's eyes may become gogolized, and one is apt to see bits of his world in the most unexpected places." He died in 1852 after subjecting himself to a severe regime of fasting. "The Overcoat" and "The Nose" are two of Gogol's finest works. "The Nose" is a masterpiece ...more
Paperback, Penguin 60s, 89 pages
Published September 1st 1995 by Penguin Books (first published 1842)
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carl  theaker
Feb 17, 2011 carl theaker rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fancy-fiction

I was not familiar with Gogol until this little book, which
is not meant as any disparagement on Nikolai. It's interesting
that every so often the literary net catches a new one and in
this case it was a pleasant find.

Even though these works were written around 1840 they still
hold up, no sense of dated material here. Gogol's stories
involve lots of detail of human nuances and activities with
a clever tone. He delves into the bureaucracy and those that
run them or rather how the system runs them. De
Feb 11, 2008 Kirsten rated it really liked it
The Nose is perhaps one of my favorite short stories! I recently attempted this as bedtime reading for my young niece and nephew (4 and 7) on a weekend sleep over and although the language was difficult for them, they loved the absurdity of the story. Something about Gogol translating well to 21st century, American children... i dunno. i turned them on to Prokofiev's "Peter and the wolf" last year, so maybe that helped....
Oct 11, 2014 Silvia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Il cappotto: Akakij Akakievic è un impiegato di un ministero incaricato di copiare documenti. Di animo nobile, egli è l’oggetto di derisione da parte dei colleghi a causa del suo cappotto ormai rovinato dal tempo. Numerosi sacrifici permettono ad Akakij di comprare un nuovo cappotto. I colleghi ora lo ammirano, lo fanno sentire “importante”, ma una notte qualcuno ruba, all’impiegato, il prezioso indumento. Akakij prova a rivlgersi alle forze dell’ordine e ai pezzi grossi della società, ma nessun ...more
Apr 15, 2011 Barbara rated it it was amazing
Gogol's irony and inventiveness are unparalleled. It helps to know a bit of the real, non-politically romanticized history of the Russian people, more than the collection of Russian events which are usually taught in most American schools, as it takes this to enjoy the full body of these excellent stories.
Stella Wenny
Oct 15, 2015 Stella Wenny rated it really liked it
So I picked this classic book from the library at my office. I knew Nikolai Gogol because he's an Russian writer, idk, I sort of like to learn about Russia. It's only two short stories, won't be hard. Aand yes it's an easy read, quite light and humorous too, but the meaning behind these stories weren't that easy to understand. I read several article about these two stories and concluded my own lesson. The Overcoat tells me about the human nature, when someone love something so damn much, it can ...more
Apr 15, 2016 Velma rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: nicked from a friend's bookshelf
Recommended to Velma by: everyone!
OMG yes! These two short stories were my introduction to Gogol (thanks, Penguin!) and I'm so enamored I can't wait to seek out more of his work. I'm with Nabokov (one of my favorite authors), who said "...after reading Gogol one's eyes may become gogolized, and one is apt to see bits of his world in the most unexpected places."

The first story, "The Overcoat", is apparently considered one of the best short stories ever written, and I can certainly understand why. It can be read on many levels, de
Dec 25, 2015 Ysa rated it it was amazing
There's nothing better than reading these stories aloud with friends and family on a dark snowy evening! Gogol's meandering, wildly entertaining social insights lend themselves well to a faster-paced short story format. I found the tragic hero of The Overcoat very sympathetic, and the highfalutin disembodied nose of The Nose is one of my favorite characters. This is a tiny book to be read again and again.
Luca Giardinazzo
Jul 01, 2015 Luca Giardinazzo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Il cappotto: Fantozzi russo ante litteram.
Il naso: Originale, surreale...ti imprime sul volto un sorriso ebete per tutta la durata della lettura.
Il calesse: trascurabile, inconcludente.

Scrittura brillante, consigliato.
Oct 08, 2012 Katie rated it really liked it
Suggested to me by the lovely Jennifer Richardson! What an adorable little book - and I don't just mean it's meager proportions. Contains two short stories, both funny in their own Russian way (What does that mean? It literally means nothing). Anyhow, the first story made me very sad up through the climax, which most people (myself included) probably saw coming from a mile away, at which point I chose to sleep on the train instead of read about poor overcoat-less Akaky. The second story was just ...more
Emily May
mise en relation de deux vols d'identité
qui en est responsable ? comment les pertes sont-elles gérées, et par le victime, et par la ville ?
Collana LIVE DELUXE Newton Compton
- Il cappotto: 3* e ,
- Il naso: 3+*;
- Il calesse: 2* e .
Oct 31, 2015 Guguk rated it it was ok
Gak terlalu suka (^ ^;)> mungkin masalah selera aja.., rasanya aku lebih suka cerpennya Anton Chekov~
Greg Brozeit
May 04, 2016 Greg Brozeit rated it it was amazing
Shelves: short-stories
These stories remind me why I love to read. The Overcoat is a tragicomedy about a drab Russian bureaucrat whose great crisis in life revolves around replacing his overcoat. It is incredible how Gogol can vividly evoke 19th century life in so few words. The Nose, a brilliant farce about a man whose nose goes missing, exposes many of the hypocrisies of Russian society. This story must have been one of the seeds from which modern 20th century literature was born. I'll be rereading these for years t ...more
Sep 14, 2015 Cristina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 stelle meritate per "Il cappotto", piacevolmente divertente, con la giusta dose di assurdo e di grottesco. Mi ha ricordato vagamente il nostro Fantozzi!
"Il naso" carino, ma niente di sorprendente.
"Il calesse" invece mi ha lasciata del tutto indifferente.
Jul 25, 2010 Daniel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was entertaining, but also weighed down by cumbersome wording and excessive 'cleverness' (trying too hard). I understand that some of the problem may be linguistics and translation issues, wasn't exactly a page turner.

When I read Gogol, I almost feel like he must have been an influence on people like Douglas Adams due to similarities in the style - though I'm not sure anyone else would agree with me on that.
Feb 16, 2012 Stéphanie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classiques, nouvelles
Le Nez est une nouvelle fantastique savoureuse, absurde et décalée qui se veut également une satire sociale de la Russie du XIXème siècle. Le Manteau est un peu moins réussi et reprend le thème de la satire sociale sur fond de fantastique, mais de manière un peu plus tragique.
Jul 06, 2007 Cheri rated it it was ok
Shelves: classics-russian
Not one of Gogol's best. It's an enjoyable short tale. Perhaps it was the translation that I read, but it did not pack the punch I thought it was going to. It only hints at the genius of Dead Souls or the Government Inspector. I was a little disappointed.
Aug 27, 2008 Nikki rated it it was ok
This book has just two of Nikolai Gogol's short stories in it, in translation from Russian. They were interesting, but kind of weird -- particularly "The Nose". Absurd might even be a better word!
Mar 24, 2015 Gwen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Il racconto che ho preferito e` senza dubbio "Il cappotto", invece "Il calesse" mi ha lasciata abbastanza tiepida. ...more
Chiara (Catullina)
Il Naso è un racconto davvero spassoso! Geniale, super ironico!
Ho riso a crepapelle :D
Sep 14, 2015 matt rated it it was amazing

"We have all come out from under The Overcoat."- Dostoevsky
Sara Sbaraglia
Il cappotto: 5/5
Il naso: 4.5/5
Il calesse: 3/5
Aug 28, 2010 Jessica rated it it was amazing
it's official, the russians are tragically hilarious
Catalina Leibovici
Jul 26, 2013 Catalina Leibovici rated it it was amazing
Very impressed reading this book. All my recommendations
Il cappotto: 5/5
Il naso: 3,5/5
Il calesse: 2/5
Oct 04, 2008 Youdid rated it liked it
Recommends it for: enthusiasts of Russian literature, espacially naturalism
Manchmal etwas abstrakt. Gogol halt...
Jul 27, 2011 Véronique rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Relu au printemps, et ma fille a adoré!
Jan 11, 2008 Tordle rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorite
I liked Gogol; he's the man!
Nat Shirman
Oct 11, 2013 Nat Shirman marked it as russian-literature
(auf deutsch gelesen)
Cam rated it really liked it
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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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