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Gift by Vladimir Nabokov
Book DescriptionThe Gift is the phantasmal autobiography of Fyodor Godunov-Cherdynstev, a writer living in the closed world of Russian intellectuals in Berlin shortly after the First World War. This gorgeous tapestry of literature and butterflies tells the story of Fyodor's pursuits as a writer. Its heroine is not Fyodor's elusive and beloved Zina, however, but Russian prose and poetry themselves.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780141185873
(198mm x 129mm x 29mm)
Imprint: Penguin Classics
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Publish Date: 5-Apr-2001
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Vladimir Nabokov
Laughter in the Dark, Paperback (November 2016)
'Berlin-west, a morning in May.' An aspiring young Berlin actress turns the tables on her lustful middle-aged admirer, in Nabokov's deadpan, deliciously cruel story of hopeless infatuation and horribly inventive revenge.
Letters to Vera, Paperback (February 2016)
No marriage of a major twentieth-century writer lasted longer than Vladimir Nabokov's. From their meeting in 1921, Vladimir's letters to his beloved Vera form a narrative arc that tells a forty-six year-long love story. This book features these letters that tell us much about the man and the writer.
Tragedy of Mr. Morn, Paperback / softback (December 2013)» View all books by Vladimir Nabokov
Translation of: Tragedi'ia gospodina Morna.
US Kirkus Review » This early novel was written in 1935-37, mostly in Berlin. Despite Nabokov's brief disclaiming preface (not about himself, but about Russian literature), the book is about a Russian emigre in Berlin, learning about writing and the writer's world and it is perhaps closer to autobiography than any of the later novels. Young Fyodor, in Berlin, examines his first published book of verse (his side-memories are more brilliant); he meets other hopeful emigre authors; he remembers his vanished father (a brilliant section); and after experimenting with the styles of Gogol and Pushkin, he finally publishes a brilliant, elliptic biography of another writer (given in full) which receives mixed reviews. Meanwhile, in real life, he is involved with eccentric people and in a halfhearted affair. There are also his dreams and memories and this complex mirror-relation between reality and the writer's read-thought-borrowed world is so densely detailed and privately seen that it is sometimes almost unreadable- a technical difficulty Nabokov also solves in due course. The book is demanding, in its private questioning and brilliant problem-solving and it is a fascinating lesson in the truly staggering number of possible ways of writing and seeing. (Kirkus Reviews)
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Author Biography - Vladimir Nabokov
Vladimir Nabokov was born in 1899 in St Petersburg. He wrote his first literary works in Russian, but rose to international prominence as a masterly prose stylist for the novels he composed in English, most famously, Lolita. Between 1923 and 1940 he published novels, short stories, plays, poems and translations in the Russian language and established himself as one of the most outstanding Russian emigre writers. He died in 1977.
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