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Mary by Vladimir Nabokov

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780679726203
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/28/1989
Series: Vintage International Series
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 228,430
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.37(d)

About 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.

Date of Birth:

April 23, 1899

Date of Death:

July 2, 1977

Place of Birth:

St. Petersburg, Russia

Place of Death:

Montreux, Switzerland


Trinity College, Cambridge, 1922

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Mary 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Aimee_Leon More than 1 year ago
This book is an insightful story of young love, and lost. change & lost. The setting takes place in Russia during the uprowl of the revolution. Ganin often keeps remembering his first love Mary, and their deep romance. But it years has passed and life took them to a whole different direction, and now Ganin has found out that his eternal Mary is not his anymore. Let me stop before I ruin the story before anyone reads it. This great novel was beautifully written by Valdimir Nobokov. "Mary" was not a difficult at all, and it is totally worth reading.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a unique story of love, change & lost. It's wasn't a complicated suspense but very clever. Nabokov has done a wonderful writing in this novel.
Guest More than 1 year ago
most people remember their first love as idyllic and life-changing. Lev, the protagonist, thought so too. until he is given the chance to see the first love he carelessly left behind again. he is torn by desire, regret, and fear. should he see her? should he try to love her again? suddenly this man's memories of a pastural romance turn turbid. classic war time love story.