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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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

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The stories are reasonably entertaining, but when a graduate degree holder in English has to turn to a dictionary--on average, once per page--to decipher the repetitive and needless use of deliberately archaic and obscure words, it makes one wonder: "is the degree useless, or is the writer defeating his purpose?" In fact, does he have a purpose?  

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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Vladimir Nabokov (1899-1977), one of the 20th century's greatest writers in both Russian and English, was born in St. Petersburg, Russia, and spent his adult life in Germany, France, the United States, and Switzerland. In addition to his literary work, he was a passionate lepidopterist and chess player. His books include "Lolita, Pale Fire, The Real Light of Sebastian Knight, Laughter in the Dark", and many more.

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