The Nose by Nikolai Gogol

"The Nose" (Russian: Нос Nos) 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 use of a nose as the main source of conflict in the story could have been due to Gogol's own experience with an oddly shaped nose, which was often the subject of self-deprecating jokes in letters. The use of iconic landmarks in the story, as well as the sheer absurdity of the story, has made "The Nose" an important part of St. Petersburg's literary tradition. "The Nose" is divided into three parts and tells the story of Collegiate Assessor ('Major') Kovalyov, who wakes up one morning without his nose. He later finds out that his nose has developed a life of its own, and has apparently surpassed him by attaining the rank of State Councillor. The short story showcases the obsession with social rank that plagued Russia after Peter the Great introduced the Table of Ranks. By allowing commoners to gain hereditary nobility through service to the state, a huge population was given the chance to move up in social status. This opportunity, however, also gave way to large bureaucracies, in which many of Gogol's characters worked.

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The Nose Paperback 8979126 $8.00 $11.76 2016
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Diary of a Madman and Other Stories (Dover Thrift Editions) Paperback 856984 $3.00 $2.99 2006
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Diary of a Madman and Other Stories Hardcover 4907787 $19.95 $25.89 1983
Diary of a Madman (Bank of Montreal Stratford Festival) Audio CD 15241231 $19.50 $11.98 2007
Nevsky Prospect and The Nose [Russian Edition] Audible Audiobook 218725 $4.95 2012
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The Nose Paperback 1585802 $4.60 $4.00 2016
The Diary of a Madman and Other Stories: The Nose; The Carriage; The Overcoat; Taras Bulba (Signet Classics) Mass Market Paperback 2895661 $11.99 $0.99 1961
The Overcoat and the Nose Paperback 2915706 $1.87 $0.01 1995
The Gogol: The Overcoat (Russian Texts) Paperback 622280 $16.27 $3.96 1998
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The Nose Paperback 377264 $7.95 2021
The Nose Kindle Edition 626497 $3.99 2021
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The Nose Paperback 3622787 $14.99 $4.12 2015
The Nose Kindle Edition 4809361 2016
Toes, Ears, & Nose! A Lift-the-Flap Book Board book 3401 $2.12 $0.10 2003
Baby's Box of Fun: A Karen Katz Lift-the-Flap Gift Set: Where Is Baby's Bellybutton?; Where Is Baby's Mommy?: Toes, Ears, & Nose! Board book 14640 $12.40 $1.88 2004
Carving Faces Workbook: Learn to Carve Facial Expressions with the Legendary Harold Enlow (Fox Chapel Publishing) Detailed Lips, Eyes, Noses, and Hair to Add Expressive Life to Your Woodcarvings Paperback 15905 $3.99 $10.88 2011
What If You Had An Animal Nose? Paperback 18261 $4.18 $0.25 2016
Noses Are Not for Picking (Best Behavior) Board book 19799 $3.99 $4.91 2014
Eyes, Nose, Toes Peekaboo!: Touch-and-Feel and Lift-the-Flap Board book 20274 $4.99 $1.36 2008
Cold Noses At The Pearly Gates: A Book of Hope for Those Who Have Lost a Pet Paperback 21379 $2.99 $1.36 2008
Toes, Ears, & Nose! A Lift-the-Flap Book by Marion Dane Bauer, Karen Katz (unknown Edition) [Boardbook(2003)] Hardcover 1783408 $32.56 $4.64 2003
Baby's Box of Fun Hardcover 11541820 $51.10 2004
Carving Faces Workbook: Learn to Carve Facial Expressions with the Legendary Harold Enlow Kindle Edition 110231 2015
What If You Had An Animal Nose? Kindle Edition 358905 2016
Cold Noses at the Pearly Gates:: A Book of Hope for Those Who Have Lost a Pet Kindle Edition 106873 2008
Cold Noses at the Pearly Gates Paperback 2286359 $15.47 $1.75 1997
Cold Noses at the Pearly Gates: A Book of Hope for Those Who Have Lost a Pet Audio CD 3219821 $24.99 2016
Breaking Stalin's Nose Paperback 28714 $3.99 $1.44 2013
Breaking Stalin's Nose Kindle Edition 333915 2011
Breaking Stalin's Nose Hardcover 857999 $5.49 $1.24 2011
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Santa's Untold Story: The Glowing Nose Paperback 574020 $14.99 2019
Atlas of Ear, Nose and Throat Pathology (Current Histopathology) Paperback 1142301 $35.70 $69.32 2011
Me and My Big Mouth! (Spiritual Growth Series): Your Answer Is Right Under Your Nose Paperback 40517 $11.25 $10.49 2017
All of Baby, Nose to Toes Board book 75695 $5.20 $1.11 2011
If Only I Had a Green Nose Hardcover 18783 $4.88 $1.95 2002
Eyes, Nose, Fingers, and Toes: A First Book All About You Board book 28812 $5.22 $0.25 2004
According to Kate: The Legendary Life of Big Nose Kate, Love of Doc Holliday Hardcover 83742 $19.38 2019
The Nose Work Handler: Foundation to Finesse Paperback 92997 $9.92 $23.12 2017
The Complete Nose to Tail Hardcover 142385 $23.38 $19.50 2013
The Nose Kindle Edition 374027 2016
The Nose (The Art of the Novella) Kindle Edition 1843453 2014
The Overcoat Paperback 2381130 $8.99 2007
The Nose by Nikolai Gogol, Classics, Literary Paperback 3165159 $3.99 $2.99 2011
The Nose (Annotated with Biography) Kindle Edition 699707 2011
The Nose Paperback 1094381 $5.30 $5.79 2017
The Nose Hardcover 4138252 $9.44 $3.00 1993
The Nose (Four Corners Familiars) by Nikolai Gogol (2015-09-29) Hardcover 10040639 $19.05 $19.05
The Nose by Nikolai Gogol, Classics, Literary Hardcover 4253784 $7.15 $7.98 2011
The Nose and Other Stories (Russian Library) Kindle Edition 2086088 2020
The Nose and Other Stories (Russian Library) Hardcover 1857843 $40.00 2020
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The Nose (The Art of the Novella) Paperback 2525779 $12.00 $3.11 2014
The Gogol: The Nose (Russian Texts) (Russian Edition) Paperback 4472533 $16.00 $9.94 1998
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The Nose ILLUSTRATED Paperback 6942434 $9.83 2020
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