Mary is a gripping tale of youth, first love, and nostalgia--Nabokov's first novel. In a Berlin rooming house filled with an assortment of seriocomic Russian émigrés, Lev Ganin, a vigorous young officer poised between his past and his future, relives his first love affair. His memories of Mary are suffused with the freshness of youth and the idyllic ambience of pre-revolutionary Russia. In stark contrast is the decidedly unappealing boarder living in the room next to Ganin's, who, he discovers, is Mary's husband, temporarily separated from her by the Revolution but expecting her imminent arrival from Russia.
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MARYUser Review - Jane Doe - Kirkus
This is Nabokov's first novel (Mashenka), more properly novella, which is best read for its germinal indications of the later works to follow: particularly the theme of the emigre in transition which ... Read full review
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Aleksey Ivanovich Alfyorov Anton Sergeyevich began Berlin blue breath chest dacha dachshund dancers dark dear desk door doppelgänger dream dress droshky E. M. Forster eyes face feel Frau Dorn Ganin felt Ganin looked gave girl glance glass gleam Gornotsvetov gray hair hand head Klara knew Kolin Kunitsyn laugh leaned leave letter Lev Glebovich light listened lodgers Lolita lunch Lydia Nikolaevna Lyova Lyovushka Lyudmila Mary Maxine Hong Kingston morning moved never night nodded once one's pale Pale Fire park passport past Petersburg pince-nez Pnin Podtyagin pulled remembered round Russian seemed shadow sighed sitting sleep smell smile stared stood stopped street suddenly suitcases tell there's things thought tomorrow took train Transparent Things turned typhus Vladimir Nabokov voice Voskresensk W. H. Auden waiting walked wall whispered window wonder yellow