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Penguin Books Limited, Mar 1, 2012 - Fiction - 176 pages
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Self-satisfied, delighting in the many fascinating quirks of his own personality, Hermann Hermann is perhaps not to be taken too seriously. But then a chance meeting with a man he believes to be his double reveals a frightening 'split' in Hermann's nature. With shattering immediacy, Nabokov takes us into a deranged world, one full of an impudent, startling humour, dominated by the egotistical and scornful figure of a murderer who thinks himself an artist.

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Amazing book... and to think that I've waited this long to start reading Nabokov. Read full review

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User Review  - Sean de la Rosa - Goodreads

My first interaction with Nabokov and what a great one it has been! You get a sense that the author was strongly influenced by Dostoevsky and Kafka in this short work. I simply loved this line: " You ... Read full review

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About the author (2012)

Vladimir Nabokov was born in St Petersburg in 1899, but he left Russia when the Bolsheviks seized power. His family moved to England for a brief spell and finally settled in Berlin.

His first novel in English was The Real Life of Sebastian Knight, published in 1941. His other books include Ada, Laughter in the Dark, Details of a Sunset and Lolita, his best-known novel. Nabokov died in Montreux, Switzerland in 1977.

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