Pale Fire

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Penguin Books, 2000 - Experimental fiction - 248 pages
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The famous American poet John Shade was murdered in 1959. This book contains his last poem, Pale Fire,together with a foreword, a lengthy commentary and notes by Shade's editor Charles Kinbote. Known on campus as the 'Great Beaver', Kinbote is haughty, inquisitive, intolerant, but is he - can he possibly be - mad, bad, even dangerous? As his wildly eccentric annotations slide into the personal, he reveals perhaps more than he should about 'the glorious friendship that brightened the last months of John Shade's life.

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User Review  - BlackGlove - LibraryThing

One man's madness ... Pale Fire explores the wayward mind of Charles Kinbote, a university teacher brimming with outrageous delusions. Firstly, he believes himself to be the exiled King of Zembla ... Read full review

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User Review  - jen.e.moore - LibraryThing

Nabokov is known for being the king of unreliable narrators and I still fell for this one. I love metatextual books like S. and House of Leaves, so of course when I found out that this was in the same ... Read full review

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About the author (2000)

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 migr writers. He died in 1977.

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