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Read online Pale Fire.pdf PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC Pale Fire The urbane authority that Vladimir Nabokov brought to every word he ever wrote and the ironic amusement he cultivated in response to being uprooted and politically exiled twice in his life never found fuller expression than in i Pale Fire i published in after the critical and popular success of Lolita had made him an international literary figure .

An ingeniously constructed parody of detective fiction and learned commentary i Pale Fire i offers a cornucopia of deceptive pleasures at the center of which is a line poem written by the literary genius John Shade just before his death Surrounding the poem is a foreword and commentary by the demented scholar Charles Kinbote who interweaves adoring literary analysis with the fantastical tale of an assassin from the land of Zembla in pursuit of a deposed king .

Brilliantly constructed and wildly inventive this darkly witty novel of suspense literary one upmanship and political intrigue achieves that rarest of things in literature perfect tragicomic balance by Vladimir Nabokov

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Pale Fire
Title:Pale Fire
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Number of Pages:246
Category:Fiction, Classics, Poetry, Literature, Russia, Novels
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Pale Fire, Invitation to a Beheading, Speak, Memory, Ada, or Ardor: A Family Chronicle, Laughter in the Dark, Despair, The Luzhin Defense, Lolita, The Stories of Vladimir Nabokov, Pnin
Once upon a time there lived in Berlin Germany a man called Albinus He was rich respectable happy one day he abandoned his wife for the sake of a youthful mistress he loved was not loved and his life ended in disaster Thus begins Vladimir Nabokov s Laughter in the Dark this the author tells us is the whole story except that he starts from here with his characteristic dazzling skill and irony and brilliantly turns a fable into a chilling original novel of folly and destruction Amidst a Weimar era milieu of silent film stars artists and aspirants Nabokov creates a merciless masterpiece as Albinus an aging critic falls prey to his own desires to his teenage mistress and to Axel Rex the scheming rival for her affections who finds his greatest joy in the downfall of others Published first in Russian as Kamera Obskura in this book appeared in Nabokov s own English translation six years later This New Directions edition based on the text as Nabokov revised it in features a new introduction by Booker Prize winner John Banville, Speak memory said Vladimir Nabokov And immediately there came flooding back to him a host of enchanting recollections of his comfortable childhood and adolescence of his rich liberal minded father his beautiful mother an army of relations and family hangers on and of grand old houses in St Petersburg and the surrounding countryside in pre revolutionary Russia Young love butterflies tutors and a multitude of other themes thread together to weave an autobiography which is itself a work of art br br This Penguin Modern Classic edition contains an appendix Chapter sixteen a pseudo review written by Nabokov in but only now published for the first time in paperback br br br Speak Memory was first published in as Conclusive Evidence and then assiduously revised and republished in under the title i Speak Memory an Autobiography Revisited i, Published two weeks after his seventieth birthday b Ada or Ardor b is one of Nabokov s greatest masterpieces the glorious culmination of his career as a novelist It tells a love story troubled by incest But more it is also at once a fairy tale epic philosophical treatise on the nature of time parody of the history of the novel and erotic catalogue b Ada or Ardor b is no less than the supreme work of an imagination at white heat br br This is the first American edition to include the extensive and ingeniously sardonic appendix by the author written under the anagrammatic pseudonym Vivian Darkbloom, i An alternative cover edition for this ISBN can be found a href https www goodreads com book show invitation to a beheading rel nofollow here a i br br Like Kafka s The Castle Invitation to a Beheading embodies a vision of a bizarre and irrational world In an unnamed dream country the young man Cincinnatus C is condemned to death by beheading for gnostical turpitude an imaginary crime that defies definition Cincinnatus spends his last days in an absurd jail where he is visited by chimerical jailers an executioner who masquerades as a fellow prisoner and by his in laws who lug their furniture with them into his cell