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Pnin

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192 pages
English
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SummaryInitially an almost grotesquely comic figure, Pnin gradually grows in stature by contrast with those who laugh at him. Serialized in The New Yorker and published in book form in 1957, PNIN brought Nabokov both his first National Book Award nomination and hitherto unprecedented popularity.
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ISBN/GTIN978-1-85715-272-2
Product TypeBook
BindingHardcover
Publisher
Publishing year2004
Publishing date01/07/2004
Pages192 pages
LanguageEnglish
SizeWidth 127 mm, Height 211 mm, Thickness 17 mm
Weight298 g
Article no.2145473
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Content/Review

PrefaceOne of the best-loved of Nabokov's novels, PNIN features his funniest and most heartrending character. Professor Timofey Pnin is a haplessly disoriented Russian émigré precariously employed on an American college campus in the 1950s. Pnin struggles to maintain his dignity through a series of comic and sad misunderstandings, all the while falling victim both to subtle academic conspiracies and to the manipulations of a deliberately unreliable narrator.
Critique"Nabokov writes prose the only way it should be written, that is, ecstatically." -- John Updike" John Updike

Author

One of the twentieth century's master prose stylists, Vladimir Nabokov (1899 - 1977) was born in St Petersburg, but left Russia when the Bolsheviks seized power. He studied French and Russian literature at Trinity College, Cambridge, then lived in Berlin and Paris, where he launched a brilliant literary career. In 1940 he moved to the United States, and achieved renown as a novelist, poet, critic, and translator. He taught literature at Wellesley, Stanford, Cornell, and Harvard. In 1961 he moved to Montreux, Switzerland, where he died in 1977.
His first novel in English was The Real Life of Sebastian Knight, published in 1941. His other books include Ada or Ardor (1969), Laughter in the Dark (1933), Pale Fire (1962), the short story collection Details of a Sunset (1976) and Lolita (1955), his best-known novel.