'Strangely enough, I mistook it for a gentleman at first.
Fortunately I had my spectacles with me so I could see it was
really a nose.' With this pair of absurd, comic stories Gogol
indulges his imagination and delights readers. Introducing Little
Black Classics: 80 books for Penguin's 80th birthday. Little Black
Classics celebrate the huge range and diversity of Penguin
Classics, with books from around the world and across many
centuries. They take us from a balloon ride over Victorian London
to a garden of blossom in Japan, from Tierra del Fuego to
16th-century California and the Russian steppe. Here are stories
lyrical and savage; poems epic and intimate; essays satirical and
inspirational; and ideas that have shaped the lives of millions.