Bend Sinister

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Penguin Books Limited, Mar 1, 2012 - Fiction - 192 pages
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The state has been recently taken over and is being run by the tyrannical and philistine 'Average Man' party. Under the slogans of equality and happiness for all, it has done away with individualism and freedom of thought. Only John Krug, a brilliant philosopher, stands up to the regime. His antagonist, the leader of the new party, is his old school enemy, Paduk - known as the 'Toad'. Grieving over his wife's recent death, Krug is at first dismissive of Paduk's activities and sees no threat in them. But the sinister machine which Paduk has set in motion may prove stronger than the individual, stronger even than the grotesque 'Toad' himself.

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Review: Bend Sinister (Penguin Modern Classics)

User Review  - Kevin Tole - Goodreads

There is the book, the content of the book, the author and the author's power over the book and the reader interacting with it all. Or is it? Is that all? Above all, with Nabokov as with Calvino If on ... Read full review

Review: Bend Sinister (Penguin Modern Classics)

User Review  - aidan wm - Goodreads

15% didactic nonsense, 85% sheer genius. i liked the first chapter enough to type it up & send it to a friend on skype. make of that what you will. Read full review

About the author (2012)

Vladimir Nabokov (1899-1977) was one of the great writers of the twentieth century, as well as a translator and lepidopterist. His works include, from the Russian novels, The Luzhin Defense and The Gift; from the English novels, Lolita, Pnin, Pale Fire and Ada; the autobiographical Speak, Memory; translations of Alice in Wonderland into Russian and Eugene Onegin into English; and lectures on literature. All of the fiction and Speak, Memory are published in Penguin.

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