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3.89  ·  Rating details ·  16,708 ratings  ·  872 reviews
Para muchos enamorados de la obra de Gógol La nariz es, junto con El capote, el exponente máximo de su excepcional talento. Sin duda es la cumbre de su humor, de su comicidad, de su concepción universal de la risa. Trata de un hombre que se levanta un día y advierte que ha perdido su nariz. Más tarde se la encuentra por la calle y descubre que ésta ha desarrollado su ...more
Paperback, 64 pages
Published 2010 by Ediciones Colihue (first published 1836)
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Bill Kerwin
Aug 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-stories

Gogols 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 Russias complex government classification system, as well as a critical examination of the nature of story-telling
Glenn Russell

The Nose - Nikolai Gogol's beloved tale of civil servant Major Kovalyov waking up one morning to discover his nose has left his face and is living a life of its own. Much of the story's humor focuses on the prevailing preoccupation with social rank within the Russia of the time. Still, a nose is a nose. Thus, by my eye, three issues surrounding the old schnozzle pop into view:

Nose surgery or rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure to correct a prominent, unusual,
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
Sep 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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
Sean Barrs The Ultra Vegan
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
Ahmad Sharabiani
Нос Nos = The Nose, Nikolai Gogol
The Nose is a satirical short story by Nikolai Gogol written during his time living in St. Petersburg. During this time, Gogol's works were primarily focused on surrealism and the grotesque, with a romantic twist. Written between 1835 and 1836, "The Nose" tells the story of a St. Petersburg official whose nose leaves his face and develops a life of its own. "The Nose" was originally published in The Contemporary, a literary journal owned by Alexander Pushkin. The
Perfect nonsense goes on in the world. Sometimes there is no plausibility at all
Nikolai Vasilievich Gogol, The Nose


Vol N° 46 of my Penguin Little Black Classics Box Set. This volume contains Gogol's short story/novella "The Nose" published in 1836, and written while Gogol was living in St. Petersburg.

Gogol was Kafka before Kafka. He is King Missle's "Detachable Penis" before King Missle was a Missle or a King. He is Dali before Dali. His writing is surreal, funny, cheeky, and amazing. It was
May 28, 2011 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
Anya (~on a semi-hiatus~)
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
Aug 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: russian-lit

I so very much enjoyed Gogols way of storytelling; it resembled watching a movie like the grand Budapest hotel. I even could hear a piece of music while reading the story, keeping the speed of the tale neither so rapid nor so sluggish. Since Russian lit provides one with so much detail leading to a tedious read, I always opt for short stories or plays.
As Gogol put it, This world is full of the most outrageous nonsense. Sometimes things happen which you would hardly think possible., so he
May 07, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novella, humor
Hold thy nose, aye, hold thy nose;
Thee reason behind my crazy prose!

Mine went hopping, like it didnt 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 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
The nose. The only part of your body that you can constantly see but almost never notice unless there is something wrong with it. Like, for instance, if you got a runny nose, or and this is more serious! if your nose is running away from you.

What if you wake up one morning from anxious dreams and discover you had been changed into a noseless monstrosity? Thats exactly what happens to Major Kovaloff of St Petersburg in this story. Looking into a mirror he saw a perfectly smooth vacancy where
Steven Godin
This is a delightful and witty short story about a a St. Petersburg official, Major Kovalyov, whose nose leaves his face and develops a life of its own. There is a sense of the surreal, magic realism, combined with satire, and one can see Mikhail Bulgakov was clearly an admirer of Gogol's work. There is probably all sorts of linguistic and psychological analysis of the symbolism of a man losing his nose, but I suspect that rather misses the point. As nonsense really does occur in this world, ...more
"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!

Very entertaining in a quirky kind of way! 👃👃 I really do enjoy the way Nikolai Gogol writes! ...more
Emily May
Aug 16, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Emily May by: 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die
This is, without a doubt, the strangest story I've ever read. Ever.
Ivana Books Are Magic
For some reason, it took me a week to summon the courage to write this review. This is not my first reading of Gogol. I read Dead Souls at least a decade ago (and fallen in love with that novel I might add). Similarly, I read The Overcoat years ago. So, why did I find writing this review challenging? Perhaps because I feel like I dont have anything especially profound to add to it. To be honest, I might have been a bit intimidated by the literary prestige of this story. Countless reviews and ...more
Apr 08, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.

May 13, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 04, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-story
Hm, my nose is missing. Who could have done this to me.
Yes, it must be that annoying woman that is after me to marry her.
She must be a witch.
Yep it's a woman's fault.

Very familiar if you ask me.
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.
Ram Alsrougi
"This world is full of the most outrageous nonsense. Sometimes things happen which you would hardly think possible."
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 content
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 ,
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. ...more
Part social commentary, part magical realism and a whole lot of satire!
What happens when a low ranking officials nose suddenly disappears from his face and takes on a life of its own? So much so that The Nose ends up higher ranked than its owner!
Totally absurd look at the early /mid 19th century Russian social classes and the ridiculous things that matter to those people.
2 1/2*
Kathryn Jacoby
You know what a snub nose is, but when was the last time you heard of a nose snubbing its owner? You know the phrase to cut off your nose to spite your face, but have you heard the one about the runaway nose that spited its bearer? This snort story, excuse me, short story, has these heretofore unprecedented nasal antics and more.

You may never have thought of yourself as particularly attached to your nose, but Ill bet you take it for granted that your nose is unalterably attached to your face.
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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 ...more

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