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Description - Nabokov's "Pale Fire" by Brian Boyd

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? Brian Boyd. Nabokov's biographer and hither to 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 post-modern - and more interesting than ever.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780691089577
ISBN-10: 0691089574
Format: Paperback
(235mm x 152mm x mm)
Pages: 320
Imprint: Princeton University Press
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publish Date: 15-Oct-2001
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Brian Boyd

Brian Boyd is a Professor of English at the University of Auckland. New Zealand. He is the author of the prize-winning Viadimir Nabokov The Russian Years (Princeton) Viadimr Nabokov: The American Years (Princeton), and Nabokov's Ada The Place of Consciousness. He has also edited Nabokov's English novels and autobiography for the Library of America and Nabokov's Butterflies for Beacon Press.

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