Real Life of Sebastian Knight

Real Life of Sebastian Knight

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by Vladimir Nabokov
     
 

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

The Real Life of Sebastian Knight is a perversely magical literary detective story — subtle, intricate, leading to a tantalizing climax — about the mysterious life of a famous writer. Many people knew things about Sebastian Knight as a

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

The Real Life of Sebastian Knight is a perversely magical literary detective story — subtle, intricate, leading to a tantalizing climax — about the mysterious life of a famous writer. Many people knew things about Sebastian Knight as a distinguished novelist, but probably fewer than a dozen knew of the two love affairs that so profoundly influenced his career, the second one in such a disastrous way. After Knight's death, his half brother sets out to penetrate the enigma of his life, starting with a few scanty clues in the novelist's private papers. His search proves to be a story as intriguing as any of his subject's own novels, as baffling, and, in the end, as uniquely rewarding.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In this novel, first published in 1959, a man plumbs the life of the writer who was his half brother. (Feb.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780679727262
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
02/15/1992
Series:
Vintage International Series
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
351,523
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.50(d)

Meet the Author

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.

Michael Dirda, who won a Pulitzer Prize for distinguished criticism at theWashington Post Book World, is the author ofAn Open Book,Bound to Please, andReadings: Essays and Literary Entertainments. He lives in Silver Spring, Maryland.

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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