The Stories of Vladimir Nabokov

The Stories of Vladimir Nabokov

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by Vladimir Nabokov
     
 

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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

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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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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Eleven of the 65 short stories by the exiled Russian master see their English-language debut here. (Jan.)
Library Journal
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 appear here for the first time in book form, although these early pieces are of less interest than the later ones, which contain all the linguistic and psychological twists for which Nabokov is famous. The earliest stories date from the 1920s and the latest from the 1950s, when Nabokov abandoned the form. Because of the editorial care taken by Nabokov's son Dmitri, this should appeal even to libraries fortunate enough still to own the earlier collections (Nabokov's Dozen, 1984; A Russian Beauty & Other Stories, 1973; Tyrants Destroyed & Other Stories, 1975; and Details of a Sunset & Other Stories, 1976). One could hope that a new movie version of Lolita currently in production will rekindle interest in Nabokov. An essential purchase.-Robert E. Brown, Onondaga Cty. P.L., Syracuse, N.Y.
Michiko Kakutani
In this sumptuous volume of 65 stories...the reader is treated to a recapitulation of the sorcerer's entire career. His fascination with the illusive transactions made between life and art, his obsession with memory and the practice of nostalgia, his own experience of expatriation, and his love of games of puzzles and coincidence -- all can be found in these pages. -- The New York Times
John Updike
"What startling beauty phrase, twist of thought, depth of sorrow and burst of wit!...It was Navakov's gift to bring Paradise wherever he alighted." -- The New York Times Book Review
Michiko Kakutani
"In this sumptious volume of 65 stories...the reader is treated to a recapitulation of the Sorcerer's entire career. His fascination with illusive transactions made between life and art, his obsession with memory and the practice of nostalgia, his own experience of expatriation, and his love of games and puzzels and coincidence -- all can be found in these pages." -- The New York Times
Anthony Lane
"A startling, close view of a writer's development..There is an unequal pleasure (in) submitting to Navakov in full flow, when his words boil like a witches brew of music and sex...This collection marks a crucial move in the endless game of trying to fathom Navakov." -- The New Yorker
R.Z. Sheppard
"An authentic literary event...a welcome addition to the shelves of old and mirue. An chance for intrigue - level fans to sample the author's real life...(with) some of the most nape-tingling prose and devilish inventions in it twentieth-century letters." -- Time

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780679729976
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
01/20/1997
Series:
Vintage International Series
Pages:
704
Sales rank:
282,763
Product dimensions:
5.15(w) x 7.99(h) x 1.52(d)

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