The Nose

Sevenov September 2, 2022

The Nose by Nikolai Gogol

Author: Nikolai Gogol | Published: 1836

The Nose Synopsis

In this story, The Nose, Nikolai Gogol introduces readers to a bizarre and absurd tale. Published in 1836, the novella follows the strange journey of an overconfident government official whose nose decides to abandon him for a life of its own.

The story begins with a man waking up one morning to discover that his nose has disappeared from his face. He frantically searches everywhere for it but is unable to locate it. When he eventually discovers that his nose has now taken on human form and is walking around St Petersburg dressed as a government official, he sets off on an outrageous mission to reclaim his appendage.

Throughout this entertaining tale Gogol’s incredible imagination plays out in unexpected ways making this classic work of literature as fresh and relevant today as when it was first published almost two centuries ago.

About Nikolai Gogol

Nikolai Gogol is one of the most celebrated and iconic authors of Russian literature. Born in 1809, he wrote short stories, novels and plays which have been translated into dozens of languages over the centuries. He had a knack for writing darkly humorous stories that often explored themes such as death, religion and morality. Gogol's works have been widely influential on other authors ever since his heyday in the 19th century.

Gogol was born in Ukraine to an aristocratic family but later moved to St Petersburg where he developed many relationships with famous figures from all aspects of society. His most notable works include "Dead Souls", "The Overcoat" and "The Government Inspector", all showing off his unique style of absurd yet insightful comedy. Find out more about Nikolai Gogol at

Nikolai Gogol's Books on PageVio

Short Stories: The Fair at Sorochyntsi | St. John's Eve | May Night, or the Drowned Maiden | The Lost Letter: A Tale Told by the Sexton of the N...Church | The Night Before Christmas | A Terrible Vengeance | Ivan Fyodorovich Shponka and His Aunt | A Bewitched Place | The Old World Landowners | The Viy | How the Two Ivans Quarrelled | The Mysterious Portrait | Nevsky Prospekt | Diary of a Madman | The Nose | The Carriage | The Overcoat

Here's a full list of Nikolai Gogol's books.

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