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Breaking Stalin's Nose Chapter 25

By Eugene Yelchin

Chapter 25

  • Hiding in the biology lab (the biology teacher was recently discovered to be a foreign spy, natch), Sasha now has one doozy of a daydream.
  • He sees Stalin's plaster nose, complete with military uniform and pipe, sitting at a desk. The Nose engages Sasha in a conversation about his dad's criminal activities and demands that Sasha denounce his father.
  • The Nose tells Sasha that they are interrogating his father right now, and that sooner or later he will confess.
  • It's Surreal Storytime Time! The Nose recounts for Sasha a story about a time when he (Stalin) had some workers arrested for stealing his pipe.
  • He called one of his State Security agents in to handle the situation. Ten minutes later, Stalin found his pipe in a drawer, and called the agent to let him know.
  • It was too late, though: all of the workers had already confessed to the "crime." Needless to say, things didn't turn out so well for those workers.
  • Stalin's Nose laughs uproariously at his own story, and again presses Sasha to denounce his dad.