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Read online Pnin.pdf PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC Pnin One of the best loved of Nabokov s novels i Pnin i features his funniest and most heart rending character Professor Timofey Pnin is a haplessly disoriented Russian migr precariously employed on an American college campus in the s 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 .

Initially an almost grotesquely comic figure Pnin gradually grows in stature by contrast with those who laugh at him Whether taking the wrong train to deliver a lecture in a language he has not mastered or throwing a faculty party during which he learns he is losing his job the gently preposterous hero of this enchanting novel evokes the reader s deepest protective instinct .

Serialized in i The New Yorker i and published in book form in i Pnin i brought Nabokov both his first National Book Award nomination and hitherto unprecedented popularity by Vladimir Nabokov, David Lodge

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Pnin
Title:Pnin
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ISBN:1400041988
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Number of Pages:143
Category:Fiction, Classics, Russia, Literature, Russian literature
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