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Despair

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by Vladimir Nabokov, Christopher Lane
     
 

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Extensively revised by Nabokov in 1965 — thirty years after its original publication — Despair is wickedly inventive and richly derisive story of Hermann, a man who undertakes the perfect crime: his own murder.

“A beautiful mystery plot, not to be revealed.” - Newsweek

One of the twentieth century’s master prose stylists,

Overview

Extensively revised by Nabokov in 1965 — thirty years after its original publication — Despair is wickedly inventive and richly derisive story of Hermann, a man who undertakes the perfect crime: his own murder.

“A beautiful mystery plot, not to be revealed.” - Newsweek

One of the twentieth century’s master prose stylists, Vladimir Nabokov was born in St. Petersburg in 1899. He studied French and Russian literature at Trinity College, Cambridge, then lived in Berlin and Paris, where he launched a brilliant literary career. In 1940 he moved to the United States, and achieved renown as a novelist, poet, critic, and translator. He taught literature at Wellesley, Stanford, Cornell, and Harvard. In 1961 he moved to Montreux, Switzerland, where he died in 1977.

“Nabokov writes prose the only way it should be written, that is, ecstatically.” — John Updike

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781441873224
Publisher:
Brilliance Audio
Publication date:
03/20/2011
Edition description:
Unabridged, 6 CDs, 7 hrs. 23 min.
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 5.40(h) x 0.70(d)

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John Updike
"Nabakov writes prose the only way it should be written, that is, estatically."

Meet the Author

One of the twentieth century’s master prose stylists, Vladimir Nabokov was born in St. Petersburg in 1899. He studied French and Russian literature at Trinity College, Cambridge, then lived in Berlin and Paris, where he launched a brilliant literary career. In 1940 he moved to the United States, and achieved renown as a novelist, poet, critic and translator. He taught literature at Wellesley, Stanford, Cornell, and Harvard. In 1961 he moved to Montreux, Switzerland, where he died in 1977.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
April 23, 1899
Date of Death:
July 2, 1977
Place of Birth:
St. Petersburg, Russia
Place of Death:
Montreux, Switzerland
Education:
Trinity College, Cambridge, 1922

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Despair 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This novel both disgusts and delights at once. The despicable narrator, Hermann Hermann (no that's not an error),with his skewed perceptions, constantly lies and challenges your assumptions as you read. The narration is unique as well; sometimes it seems as if Nabokov's voice is slipping in between Hermann's (when he speaks of different ways to start the chapter, for instance). As with his other novels, Nabokov plays with words as if they're toys, with interesting and usually masterful results. Despair is one of the most unique books I¿ve ever read, by one of the most intriguing authors to ever write. Though you may be puzzled, you won't be disappointed.
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