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N.Gogol, The Nose

B1-B2

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Size:39 Mb
Length: 38:15 min
Format: mp3

Audio (38:15 min) + PDF

“The Nose” by a Russian classic Nikolay Gogol is a satirical story with a good portion of absurd. One morning Major Kovalev realized that his nose had somehow disappeared while he was asleep. It would take Major some time to get the nose back to its prescribed place.

The edition is adapted for the Russian language learners at B1-B2 level. It consists of a text with comments and an audiobook. Listening to a classic fiction stories helps to shape right intonation and stress in a sentence and to sound more natural and clear.

The book may be used for self-study as well as at the class.

Аudio sample (1 min.) on YouTube

Materials prepared by Maria Soboleva.

Gogol

About author

(31 March 1809 – 4 March 1852)
Русский прозаик, драматург, поэт, критик, публицист, признанный одним из классиков русской литературы.

Although Gogol was considered by his contemporaries to be one of the preeminent figures of the natural school of Russian literary realism, later critics have found in his work a fundamentally romantic sensibility, with strains of surrealism and the grotesque (“The Nose”, “Viy”, “The Overcoat”, “Nevsky Prospekt”). His early works, such as Evenings on a Farm Near Dikanka, were influenced by his Ukrainian upbringing, Ukrainian culture and folklore. His later writing satirised political corruption in the Russian Empire (The Government Inspector, Dead Souls). The novel Taras Bulba (1835) and the play Marriage (1842), along with the short stories “Diary of a Madman”, “The Tale of How Ivan Ivanovich Quarreled with Ivan Nikiforovich”, “The Portrait” and “The Carriage”, are also among his best-known works.

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