The Stories of Vladimir Nabokov

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Feb 16, 2011 - Fiction - 704 pages
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From the writer who shocked and delighted the world with his novels Lolita, Pale Fire,
and Ada, or Ardor, and so many others, comes a magnificent collection of stories. Written between the 1920s and 1950s, these sixty-five tales--eleven of which have been translated into English for the first time--display all the shades of Nabokov's imagination. They range from sprightly fables to bittersweet tales of loss, from claustrophobic exercises in horror to a connoisseur's samplings of the table of human folly. Read as a whole, The Stories of Vladimir Nabokov offers and intoxicating draft of the master's genius, his devious wit, and his ability to turn language into an instrument of ecstasy.


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THE STORIES OF VLADIMIR NABOKOV

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Presented here are 65 stories from the master, the author of one of the best and strangest novels in the history of fiction--Pale Fire--as well as Lolita, Ada, Pnin, et al. Thirteen of these stories ... Read full review

Contents

SOUNDS
14
GODS
44
THE SEAPORT
60
BENEFICENCE
74
LA VENEZIANA
90
BACHMANN
116
THE DRAGON
125
THE FIGHT
141
THE LEONARDO
358
THE CIRCLE
375
BREAKING THE NEWS
390
A SLICE OF LIFE
406
CLOUD CASTLE LAKE
430
LIK
461
MADEMOISELLE O
480
VASILIY SHISHKOV
494

A GUIDE TO BERLIN
155
TERROR
173
THE DOORBELL
189
THE CHRISTMAS STORY
222
THE AURELIAN
248
A BAD DAY
268
A BUSY MAN
286
THE REUNION
304
LIPS TO LIPS
312
ORACHE
325
PERFECTION
338
SOLUS REX
523
THE ASSISTANT PRODUCER
546
THAT IN ALEPPO ONCE
560
TIME AND EBB
580
SIGNS AND SYMBOLS
598
SCENES FROM TIIE LIFE OF A DOUBLE MONSTER
612
LANCE
632
THE WORD
649
Appendix
671
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About the author (2011)

Vladimir Nabokov was born on April 23, 1899, in St. Petersburg, Russia. The Nabokovs were known for their high culture and commitment to public service, and the elder Nabokov was an outspoken opponent of anti-Semitism and one of the leaders of the opposition party, the Kadets. In 1919, following the Bolshevik Revolution, he took his family into exile. Four years later he was shot and killed at a political rally in Berlin while trying to shield the speaker from right-wing assassins.  The Nabokov household was trilingual, and as a child Nabokov was already reading Wells, Poe, Browning, Keats, Flaubert, Verlaine, Rimbaud, Tolstoy, and Chekhov alongside the popular entertainments of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Jules Verne. As a young man, he studied Slavic and romance languages at Trinity College, Cambridge, taking his honors degree in 1922. For the next 18 years he lived in Berlin and Paris, writing prolifically in Russian under the pseudonym "Sirin" and supporting himself through translations, lessons in English and tennis, and by composing the first crossword puzzles in Russian. In 1925, he married Vera Slonim, with whom he had one child, a son, Dmitri.  Having already fled Russia and Germany, Nabokov became a refugee once more in 1940, when he was forced to leave France for the United States. There he taught at Wellesley, Harvard, and Cornell. He also gave up writing in Russian and began composing fiction in English. His most notable works include Bend Sinister (1947), Lolita (1955), Pnin (1957), and Pale Fire (1962), as well as the translation of his earlier Russian novels into English. He also undertook English translations of works by Lermontov and Pushkin and wrote several books of criticism. Vladimir Nabokov died in Montreux, Switzerland, in 1977.

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