Ada, or Ardor: A Family Chronicle

Ada, or Ardor: A Family Chronicle
Title Ada, or Ardor: A Family Chronicle PDF eBook
Author Vladimir Nabokov
Publisher ببلومانيا للنشر والتوزيع
Total Pages 500
Release 2024-02-17
Genre Fiction
ISBN

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Published two weeks after his seventieth birthday, Ada, or Ardor is one of Nabokov's greatest masterpieces, the glorious culmination of his career as a novelist. It tells a love story troubled by incest. But more: it is also at once a fairy tale, epic, philosophical treatise on the nature of time, parody of the history of the novel, and erotic catalogue. Ada, or Ardor is no less than the superb work of an imagination at white heat. This is the first American edition to include the extensive and ingeniously sardonic appendix by the author, written under the anagrammatic pseudonym Vivian Darkbloom.

The Book of Anna

The Book of Anna
Title The Book of Anna PDF eBook
Author Carmen Boullosa
Publisher Coffee House Press
Total Pages 145
Release 2020-04-14
Genre Fiction
ISBN 1566895855

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Russia, 1905. Behind the gates of the Karenin Palace, Sergei, son of Anna Karenina, meets Tolstoy in his dreams and finds reminders of his mother everywhere: the almost-living portrait that the Tsar intends to acquire and the opium-infused manuscripts she wrote just before her death, one of which opens a trapdoor to a wild feminist fairytale. Across the city, Clementine, an anarchist seamstress, and Father Gapón, the charismatic leader of the proletariat, tip the country ever closer to revolution. Boullosa lifts the voices of coachmen, sailors, maids, and seamstresses in this playful, polyphonic, and subversive revision of the Russian revolution, told through the lens of Tolstoy’s most beloved work.

Think, Write, Speak

Think, Write, Speak
Title Think, Write, Speak PDF eBook
Author Vladimir Nabokov Literary Trust
Publisher Vintage
Total Pages 578
Release 2021-02-09
Genre Literary Collections
ISBN 1101873701

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A rich compilation of the previously uncollected Russian and English prose and interviews of one of the twentieth century's greatest writers, edited by Nabokov experts Brian Boyd and Anastasia Tolstoy. “I think like a genius, I write like a distinguished author, and I speak like a child": so Vladimir Nabokov famously wrote in the introduction to his volume of selected prose, Strong Opinions. Think, Write, Speak follows up where that volume left off, with a rich compilation of his uncollected prose and interviews, from a 1921 essay about Cambridge to two final interviews in 1977. The chronological order allows us to watch the Cambridge student and the fledgling Berlin reviewer and poet turn into the acclaimed Paris émigré novelist whose stature brought him to teach in America, where his international success exploded with Lolita and propelled him back to Europe. Whether his subject is Proust or Pushkin, the sport of boxing or the privileges of democracy, Nabokov’s supreme individuality, his keen wit, and his alertness to the details of life illuminate the page.

Speak, Memory

Speak, Memory
Title Speak, Memory PDF eBook
Author Vladimir Nabokov
Publisher Vintage
Total Pages 336
Release 2011-02-16
Genre Biography & Autobiography
ISBN 0307787737

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Speak, Memory, first published in 1951 as Conclusive Evidence and then assiduously revised in 1966, is an elegant and rich evocation of Nabokov's life and times, even as it offers incisive insights into his major works, including Lolita, Pnin, Despair, The Gift, The Real Life of Sebastian Knight, and The Defense.

Bend Sinister

Bend Sinister
Title Bend Sinister PDF eBook
Author Vladimir Nabokov
Publisher Vintage
Total Pages 273
Release 1990-04-14
Genre Fiction
ISBN 0679727272

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The first novel Nabokov wrote while living in America and the most overtly political novel he ever wrote, Bend Sinister is a modern classic. While it is filled with veiled puns and characteristically delightful wordplay, it is, first and foremost, a haunting and compelling narrative about a civilized man caught in the tyranny of a police state. It is first and foremost a compelling narrative about a civilized man and his child caught up in the tyranny of a police state. Professor Adam Krug, the country's foremost philosopher, offers the only hope of resistance to Paduk, dictator and leader of the Party of the Average Man. In a folly of bureaucratic bungling and ineptitude, the government attempts to co-opt Krug's support in order to validate the new regime.

Transparent Things

Transparent Things
Title Transparent Things PDF eBook
Author Vladimir Nabokov
Publisher Vintage
Total Pages 127
Release 1989-10-23
Genre Fiction
ISBN 0679725415

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The darkly comic Transparent Things, one of Nabokov's final books, traces the bleak life of Hugh Person through murder, madness, prison and trips to Switzerland. One of these was the last journey his father ever took; on another, having been sent to ingratiate himself with a distinguished novelist, he met his future wife. "As casual, as unpredictable, as eccentric and as daunting as Mr. Nabokov's genius." -Mavis Gallant, The New York Times Book Review Nabokov's brilliant short novel sinks into the transparent things of the world that surround this one person, to the silent histories they carry. Remarkable even in Nabokov's work for its depth and lyricism, Transparent Things is a small, experimental marvel of memories and dreams, both sentimental and malign. “The final effect is both chill and comic, the transparencies both beautiful and terrifying.” —The Times (London)

Strong Opinions

Strong Opinions
Title Strong Opinions PDF eBook
Author Vladimir Nabokov
Publisher Vintage
Total Pages 367
Release 1990-03-17
Genre Literary Collections
ISBN 0679726098

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In this collection of interviews, articles, and editorials, Nabokov ranges over his life, art, education, politics, literature, movies, and modern times, among other subjects. Strong Opinions offers his trenchant, witty, and always engaging views on everything from the Russian Revolution to the correct pronunciation of Lolita.