The Nose by Nikolai Gogol

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A fantastical tale by the great writer Nikolai Gogol. A man wakes up one fine morning - to find that his nose is missing! You must read this classic tale. Are you ingenious enough to make sense of it?

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Nikolai Gogol (1809-1852), the son of a gentleman farmer who was the author of Ukrainian folk comedies, was born in the Ukraine and grew up on his mother's family estate. He attended a variety of boarding schools, where he proved an indifferent student and made few friends but was admired for his gifts as a comic actor. In 1828 he moved to St. Petersburg and began to publish stories, and by the mid-1830s he had established himself in the literary world and been warmly praised by Pushkin. In 1836, his play The Inspector-General was attacked as immoral, and Gogol went abroad, where he remained for most of the next twelve years. During this time he wrote two of his best-known stories, "The Nose" and "The Overcoat," and in 1842 he published the first part of his masterpiece Dead Souls. Gogol became ever more religious as the years passed, and in 1847 he fell under the sway of an Orthodox priest on whose advice he burned much of the second part of Dead Souls and soon gave up writing altogether. After undertaking a fast to purify his soul, he died at the age of forty-two. Donald Rayfield is emeritus professor of Russian and Georgian at Queen Mary, University of London.
Published June 23, 2011 by Golgotha Press. 44 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Humor & Entertainment, Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, Children's Books, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction

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The bowed perspectives and exaggerated facial features that distinguish Hawkes's (Then the Troll Heard the Squeak) paintings lend a refreshing waggishness to Gogol's classic satire. The artist carves

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Spirin's ( Snow White and Rose Red ; Boots and the Glass Mountain ) painstakingly detailed, gilt-flecked artwork has earned him a reputation for elegance, a quality that permeates his sumptuous render

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But on Friday night, when the Met introduced its production of Shostakovich’s early opera “The Nose,” based on the Gogol short story, the South African artist William Kentridge, who directed this production, helped design the sets and created the videos that animate the staging, received the h...

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Broad Street Review

BY: Robert Zaller 03.16.2010 After 80 years, Dmitri Shostakovich’s early satirical opera, The Nose, is at last getting its premiere at the Metropolitan Opera.

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The L Magazine

Met debuts mark the opera company's current production of The Nose: from the creative crew to the cast, most of those involved in this iteration of Shostakovich's opera (itself making its Met debut) are working with the institution for the first time.

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During Peter Gelb's still-newish tenure at the Met Opera, he's brought a number of worthy productions to the stage -- along with a couple of calamities -- but with the treatment of The Nose, Dmitri Shostakovich's adaptation of the popular Nikolai Gogol short story about a small-time official who ...

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The Berkshire Review

from Williams College.Paulo Szot in The Nose (photo by Sara Krulwich)The Noseby Dmitri ShostakovichDirected by William Kentridge Conducted by Valery GergievMetropolitan Opera, New York CityWith Paulo Szot (Kovalyov), Andrei Popov (Police Inspector), Gordon Gietz (The Nose)Dmitri Shostakovich was ...

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