Pale Fire Book
Score: 4
From 54 Ratings

Pale Fire

  • Author : Vladimir Nabokov
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • File Size : 7,5 Mb
  • Release Date : 2011-02-16
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN 10 : 9780307787651


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In Pale Fire Nabokov offers a cornucopia of deceptive pleasures: a 999-line poem by the reclusive genius John Shade; an adoring foreword and commentary by Shade's self-styled Boswell, Dr. Charles Kinbote; a darkly comic novel of suspense, literary idolatry and one-upmanship, and political intrigue.

Nabokov s Pale Fire Book
Score: 4
From 5 Ratings

Nabokov s Pale Fire

  • Author : Brian Boyd
  • Publisher : Princeton University Press
  • File Size : 20,7 Mb
  • Release Date : 2001-10-15
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 316
  • ISBN 10 : 9781400823192


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Pale Fire is regarded by many as Vladimir Nabokov's masterpiece. The novel has been hailed as one of the most striking early examples of postmodernism and has become a famous test case for theories about reading because of the apparent impossibility of deciding between several radically different interpretations. Does the book have two narrators, as it first appears, or one? How much is fantasy and how much is reality? Whose fantasy and whose reality are they? Brian Boyd, Nabokov's biographer and hitherto the foremost proponent of the idea that Pale Fire has one narrator, John Shade, now rejects this position and presents a new and startlingly different solution that will permanently shift the nature of critical debate on the novel. Boyd argues that the book does indeed have two narrators, Shade and Charles Kinbote, but reveals that Kinbote had some strange and highly surprising help in writing his sections. In light of this interpretation, Pale Fire now looks distinctly less postmodern--and more interesting than ever. In presenting his arguments, Boyd shows how Nabokov designed Pale Fire for readers to make surprising discoveries on a first reading and even more surprising discoveries on subsequent readings by following carefully prepared clues within the novel. Boyd leads the reader step-by-step through the book, gradually revealing the profound relationship between Nabokov's ethics, aesthetics, epistemology, and metaphysics. If Nabokov has generously planned the novel to be accessible on a first reading and yet to incorporate successive vistas of surprise, Boyd argues, it is because he thinks a deep generosity lies behind the inexhaustibility, complexity, and mystery of the world. Boyd also shows how Nabokov's interest in discovery springs in part from his work as a scientist and scholar, and draws comparisons between the processes of readerly and scientific discovery. This is a profound, provocative, and compelling reinterpretation of one of the greatest novels

Vintage Nabokov Book

Vintage Nabokov

  • Author : Vladimir Nabokov
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • File Size : 7,7 Mb
  • Release Date : 2004-01-06
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 209
  • ISBN 10 : 9781400034017


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Vintage Readers are a perfect introduction to some of the greatest modern writers presented in attractive, accessible paperback editions. “It was Nabokov’s gift to bring paradise wherever he alighted.” —John Updike, The New York Review of Books Novelist, poet, critic, translator, and, above all, a peerless imaginer, Vladimir Nabokov was arguably the most dazzling prose stylist of the twentieth century. In novels like Lolita, Pale Fire, and Ada, or Ardor, he turned language into an instrument of ecstasy. Vintage Nabokov includes sections 1-10 of his most famous and controversial novel, Lolita; the stories “The Return of Chorb,” “The Aurelian,” “A Forgotten Poet,” “Time and Ebb,” “Signs and Symbols,” “The Vane Sisters,” and “Lance”; and chapter 12 from his memoir Speak, Memory.

Bend Sinister Book

Bend Sinister

  • Author : Vladimir Nabokov
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • File Size : 12,7 Mb
  • Release Date : 1990-04-14
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 273
  • ISBN 10 : 9780679727279


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The first novel Nabokov wrote while living in America and the most overtly political novel he ever wrote, Bend Sinister is a modern classic. While it is filled with veiled puns and characteristically delightful wordplay, it is, first and foremost, a haunting and compelling narrative about a civilized man caught in the tyranny of a police state. It is first and foremost a compelling narrative about a civilized man and his child caught up in the tyranny of a police state. Professor Adam Krug, the country's foremost philosopher, offers the only hope of resistance to Paduk, dictator and leader of the Party of the Average Man. In a folly of bureaucratic bungling and ineptitude, the government attempts to co-opt Krug's support in order to validate the new regime.

The Secret History of Vladimir Nabokov Book

The Secret History of Vladimir Nabokov

  • Author : Andrea Pitzer
  • Publisher : Open Road Media
  • File Size : 7,5 Mb
  • Release Date : 2013-03-05
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 410
  • ISBN 10 : 9781453271674


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A startling and revelatory examination of Nabokov’s life and works—notably Pale Fire and Lolita—bringing new insight into one of the twentieth century’s most enigmatic authors Novelist Vladimir Nabokov witnessed the horrors of his century, escaping Revolutionary Russia then Germany under Hitler, and fleeing France with his Jewish wife and son just weeks before Paris fell to the Nazis. He repeatedly faced accusations of turning a blind eye to human suffering to write artful tales of depravity. But does one of the greatest writers in the English language really deserve the label of amoral aesthete bestowed on him by so many critics? Using information from newly-declassified intelligence files and recovered military history, journalist Andrea Pitzer argues that far from being a proponent of art for art’s sake, Vladimir Nabokov managed to hide disturbing history in his fiction—history that has gone unnoticed for decades. Nabokov emerges as a kind of documentary conjurer, spending the most productive decades of his career recording a saga of forgotten concentration camps and searing bigotry, from World War I to the Gulag and the Holocaust. Lolita surrenders Humbert Humbert’s secret identity, and reveals a Nabokov appalled by American anti-Semitism. The lunatic narrator of Pale Fire recalls Russian tragedies that once haunted the world. From Tsarist courts to Nazi film sets, from CIA front organizations to wartime Casablanca, the story of Nabokov’s family is the story of his century—and both are woven inextricably into his fiction.

Hotel Noir Book
Score: 4
From 5 Ratings

Hotel Noir

  • Author : Casper Silk
  • Publisher : Pale Fire Press
  • File Size : 13,8 Mb
  • Release Date : 2012-10-15
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 202
  • ISBN 10 : 9780983861225


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Francis Stein, a controversial American author, winters at the Hotel Noir. In this stay, political unrest, and his desire to help a young woman escape the island, lead to his murder. Interwoven chapters carry his story forward, as well as that of Bat Manley, who attempts to find the killer.

The Annotated Lolita Book
Score: 4
From 268 Ratings

The Annotated Lolita

  • Author : Vladimir Nabokov
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • File Size : 17,9 Mb
  • Release Date : 1991-04-23
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 546
  • ISBN 10 : 9780679727293


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The annotated text of this modern classic. It assiduously illuminates the extravagant wordplay and the frequent literary allusions, parodies, and cross-references. Edited with a preface, introduction and notes by Alfred Appel, Jr.

The Wolf Border Book
Score: 3.5
From 13 Ratings

The Wolf Border

  • Author : Sarah Hall
  • Publisher : Faber & Faber
  • File Size : 11,8 Mb
  • Release Date : 2015-03-24
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 387
  • ISBN 10 : 9780571279906


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'One of the finest writers at work today.' Damon Galgut'A writer of show-stopping genius.' Guardian 'So vivid, so visceral, so vital.' Val McDermidFor almost a decade Rachel Caine has turned her back on home and worked in Idaho at a reservation for wolves. As one of the few experts in her field she is summoned back to England by the eccentric Earl of Annerdale to help with his plan for re-wilding wolves on his estate in the Lake District. As Rachel attempts a gradual reconciliation with her estranged family, her work with the Earl begins to generate public outrage and the threat of sabotage. Set against a backdrop of Scottish independence and tumultuous power struggles both locally and nationally, The Wolf Border is a novel steeped in wilderness and wildness, both animal and human.'A graceful, visceral, utterly compelling read.' Sunday Express magazine'A thrilling tale of politics and power . . . Compulsively absorbing and masterfully plotted, it confirms Hall as one of our finest fiction writers.' Daily Mail'A compelling, psychological drama . . . [Hall] has a golden touch.' The Economist

You  Fascinating You Book
Score: 4
From 9 Ratings

You Fascinating You

  • Author : Germaine Shames
  • Publisher : Pale Fire Press
  • File Size : 14,9 Mb
  • Release Date : 2012
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN 10 : 9780983861201


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In the final weeks of 1938, in the shadow of Kristallnacht and imminent war, a heartsick Italian maestro wrote a love song called "Tu Solamente Tu." Its lyrics lamented his forced separation from his wife, the Hungarian ballerina Margit Wolf, in the wake of Mussolini's edict banishing foreign Jews from Italy. The song, first recorded by Vittorio de Sica in 1939, catapulted to the top of the Hit Parade and earned its composer the moniker "the Italian Cole Porter." The German version, "Du Immer Wieder Du," would be performed by Zarah Leander, the foremost film star of the German Reich, and its English counterpart, "You, Fascinating You," by the Glenn Miller Army Air Force Band. Twenty-two years would pass before the maestro and his ballerina again met face-to-face. You, Fascinating You begins as a backstage romance and ends as an epic triumph of the human spirit. Editor's Choice, Historical Novel Society: "FAULTLESS."

The Penguin Henry Lawson Short Stories Book

The Penguin Henry Lawson Short Stories

  • Author : Henry Lawson
  • Publisher : Penguin Group Australia
  • File Size : 15,8 Mb
  • Release Date : 2009-03-02
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 252
  • ISBN 10 : 9781742284286


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One of the great observers of Australian life, Henry Lawson looms large in our national psyche. Yet at his best Lawson transcends the very bush, the very outback, the very up-country, the very pub or selector's hut he conveys with such brevity and acuity: he make specific places universal. Henry Lawson is too often regarded as a legend rather than a writer to be enjoyed. In this selection Lawson is revealed as an author whose delightful, humorous, wry and moving short stories continue to delight generations of readers. This is the essential Lawson collection - the classic of Australian classics. 'Lawson's sketches are beyond praise.'Joseph Conrad 'Lawson gets more feelings, observation and atmosphere into a page than does Hemingway.'Edward Garnett

Pale Fire Book

Pale Fire

  • Author : Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov
  • Publisher : Berkley Books
  • File Size : 8,6 Mb
  • Release Date : 1968
  • Genre: American literature
  • Pages : 234
  • ISBN 10 : PSU:000028259640


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Nabokov offers a cornucopia of deceptive pleasures in a 999-line poem by the reclusive genius John Shade.

That Other World Book

That Other World

  • Author : Azar Nafisi
  • Publisher : Yale University Press
  • File Size : 9,9 Mb
  • Release Date : 2019-06-25
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 374
  • ISBN 10 : 9780300159752


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The foundational text for the acclaimed international best seller Reading Lolita in Tehran “Empathetic, incisive. . . . A sweeping overview of Nabokov's major works. . . . Graceful [and] discerning.”—Kirkus Reviews The ruler of a totalitarian state seeks validation from a former schoolmate, now the nation’s foremost thinker, in order to access a cultural cache alien to his regime. A literary critic provides commentary on an unfinished poem that both foretells the poet’s death and announces the critic’s secret identity as the king of a lost country. The greatest of Vladimir Nabokov’s enchanters—Humbert—is lost within the antithesis of a fairy story, in which Lolita does not hold the key to his past but rather imprisons him within the knowledge of his distance from that past. In this precursor to her international best seller Reading Lolita in Tehran, Azar Nafisi deftly explores the worlds apparently lost to Nabokov’s characters, their portals of access to those worlds, and how other worlds hold a mirror to Nabokov’s experiences of physical, linguistic, and recollective exile. Written before Nafisi left the Islamic Republic of Iran, and now published in English for the first time and with a new introduction by the author, this book evokes the reader’s quintessential journey of discovery and reveals what caused Nabokov to distinctively shape and reshape that journey for the author.

Edinburgh Companion to Atlantic Literary Studies Book

Edinburgh Companion to Atlantic Literary Studies

  • Author : Leslie Eckel
  • Publisher : Edinburgh University Press
  • File Size : 20,9 Mb
  • Release Date : 2016-09-20
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 432
  • ISBN 10 : 9781474402958


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New and original collection of scholarly essays examining the literary complexities of the Atlantic world systemThis Companion offers a critical overview of the diverse and dynamic field of Atlantic literary studies, with contributions by distinguished scholars on a series of topics that define the area. The essays focus on literature and culture from first contact to the present, exploring fruitful Atlantic connections across space and time, across national cultures, and embracing literature, culture and society. This research collection proposes that the analysis of literature and culture does not depend solely upon geographical setting to uncover textual meaning. Instead, it offers Atlantic connections based around migration, race, gender and sexuality, ecologies, and other significant ideological crossovers in the Atlantic World. The result is an exciting new critical map written by leading international researchers of a lively and expanding field. Key FeaturesOffers an introduction to the growing field of Atlantic literary studies by showcasing current work engaged in debate around historical, cultural and literary issues in the Atlantic WorldIncludes 26 newly-commissioned scholarly essays by leading experts in Atlantic literary studiesFuses breadth of historical knowledge with depth of literary scholarshipConsiders the full range of intercultural encounters around and across the Atlantic Ocean

The Feud Book

The Feud

  • Author : Alex Beam
  • Publisher : Pantheon
  • File Size : 5,6 Mb
  • Release Date : 2016
  • Pages : 225
  • ISBN 10 : 9781101870228


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"In 1940 Edmund Wilson was the undisputed big dog of American letters. Vladimir Nabokov was a near-penniless Russian exile seeking asylum in the States. Wilson became a mentor to Nabokov, introducing him to every editor of note, assigning reviews for The New Republic, engineering a Guggenheim. Their intimate friendship blossomed over a shared interest in all things Russian, ruffled a bit by political disagreements. But then came Lolita, and suddenly Nabokov was the big (and very rich) dog. Finally the feud erupted in full when Nabokov published his hugely footnoted and virtually unreadable literal translation of Pushkin's famously untranslatable verse novel Eugene Onegin. Wilson attacked his friend's translation with hammer and tong in the New York Review of Books. Nabokov counterattacked in the same publication. Back and forth the increasingly aggressive letters volleyed until their friendship was reduced to ashes by the narcissism of small differences"--

My Dark Vanessa Book
Score: 4
From 52 Ratings

My Dark Vanessa

  • Author : Kate Elizabeth Russell
  • Publisher : HarperCollins
  • File Size : 12,6 Mb
  • Release Date : 2020-03-10
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 400
  • ISBN 10 : 9780062941527


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INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER “[An] exceedingly complex, inventive, resourceful examination of harm and power.” —The New York Times Book Review, Editors’ Choice “A lightning rod . . . brilliantly crafted.”—The Washington Post A most anticipated book by The New York Times • USA Today • Entertainment Weekly • Marie Claire • Elle • Harper's Bazaar • Bustle • Newsweek • New York Post • Esquire • Real Simple • The Sunday Times • The Guardian Exploring the psychological dynamics of the relationship between a precocious yet naïve teenage girl and her magnetic and manipulative teacher, a brilliant, all-consuming read that marks the explosive debut of an extraordinary new writer. 2000. Bright, ambitious, and yearning for adulthood, fifteen-year-old Vanessa Wye becomes entangled in an affair with Jacob Strane, her magnetic and guileful forty-two-year-old English teacher. 2017. Amid the rising wave of allegations against powerful men, a reckoning is coming due. Strane has been accused of sexual abuse by a former student, who reaches out to Vanessa, and now Vanessa suddenly finds herself facing an impossible choice: remain silent, firm in the belief that her teenage self willingly engaged in this relationship, or redefine herself and the events of her past. But how can Vanessa reject her first love, the man who fundamentally transformed her and has been a persistent presence in her life? Is it possible that the man she loved as a teenager—and who professed to worship only her—may be far different from what she has always believed? Alternating between Vanessa’s present and her past, My Dark Vanessa juxtaposes memory and trauma with the breathless excitement of a teenage girl discovering the power her own body can wield. Thought-provoking and impossible to put down, this is a masterful portrayal of troubled adolescence and its repercussions that raises vital questions about agency, consent, complicity, and victimhood. Written with