II: Russia

This morning I read a short story called The Nose by the Russian writer Nikolai Gogol. Well, I say read, but in actuality it was an audio book, so for the sake of accuracy I listened to The Nose. Felt like giving my eyes a rest from reading. The Nose is set in St Petersburg. It was quite a surreal story about a man that wakes up to discover he has no nose. It was a bit strange, but also interesting – for example, one of the major concerns for the man-with-no-nose is that he won’t be able to flirt with the ladies anymore. But I found the characters a bit too hard to believe or to relate to. It worked quite well as an audio book because the nose-less character had quite a distinctive voice, almost like somebody with a bad headcold.

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