Friday, 28 March 2008

Gogol's The Nose, Part ii

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A litle more of Gogol's absurd story of nasal knavery. In the first part, Ivan Yakovlevitch finds a nose in a bread roll and attempts to dispose of it, only to be accosted by a constable.

Many questions linger unanswered; if Collegiate Assessor Kovalev had no nose, then how did he smell?

Enjoy, but do not allow yourself to become too excitable. It may be the 4th of April before the next installment is up.

Tuesday, 25 March 2008

Gogol's The Nose, Part i

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Nikolai Vasilievich Gogol 1809 to 1852, which was too short a spell for such an interesting person to spend with us. I was reading a translation of Dead Souls and marvelling at the light, chatty tone with which Gogol wrote.

It's a shame, I thought, that Gogol died before the birth of the internet. He'd have been a great podcaster.

I will attempt to rectify this matter, and as re-animating Gogol is out of the question, (And how would we converse? I do not speak Russian.) for the next fortnight I'll run an adaptation of The Nose, an absurd and absurdist short story.