“The Nose”: Further Reading

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Web sites

William Kentridge: Five Themes, exhibition feature, MoMA, 2010

Nikolai Gogol, The Nose, 1836

Libretto for Shostakovich’s opera of The Nose, 1928.

Chaos instead of music, from Pravda, January 29, 1936 (the famous anonymous review denouncing Shostakovich).


The Metropolitan Opera’s interview with William Kentridge about The Nose. (via MetropolitanOpera on YouTube)

Video of Shostakovich at a rehearsal for The Nose in the 1974 (from a 1975 documentary) (via shavkatikk on YouTube)


Fay, Laurel. Shostakovich: A Life. New York: Oxford University Press, 2000.

Figes, Orlando. Natasha’s Dance: A Cultural History of Russia. London: Penguin Books, 2002.

—-. The Whisperers: Private Life in Stalin’s Russia. London: Penguin Books, 2008.

Getty, J. Arch and Oleg V. Naumov. The Road to Terror: Stalin and the Self-Destruction of the Bolsheviks, 1932-1939. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1999.

Groys, Boris. The Total Art of Stalinism: Avant-Garde, Aesthetic Dictatorship, and Beyond. Translated by Charles Rougle. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1992.

Lissitzsky, El. About Two Squares. East Sussex: Artists Bookworks, 1990. (originally published in 1922). Available here.

Lodder, Christina. Russian Constructivism. London: Yale University Press, 1983.

Mayakovsky, Vladimir and El Lissitzky. For the Voice. London: The British Library, 2000. (originally published in 1923). Available .

Nabokov, Vladimir. Gogol. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1989.

Pevear, Richard and Larissa Volokhonsky, trans. The Collected Tales of Nikolai Gogol. New York: Pantheon Books, 1998.

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