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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 ...more
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 ASSIGNED HIGH IMPORTANCE
Nose surgery or rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure to correct a prominent, unusual, ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...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 ...more
[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 ...more
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 ...more
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;
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 ...more
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 ...more
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!
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.
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 ...more
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.
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 ...more
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 , ...more
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.
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. ...more