Pnin by Vladimir Nabokov

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Pnin is a professor of Russian at an American college who takes the wrong train to deliver a lecture in a language he cannot master. Pnin is a tireless lover who writes to his treacherous Liza: "A genius needs to keep so much in store, and thus cannot offer you the whole of himself as I do." Pnin is the focal point of subtle academic conspiracies he cannot begin to comprehend, yet he stages a faculty party to end all faculty parties forever.


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About Vladimir Nabokov

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VLADIMIR NABOKOV studied French and Russian literature at Trinity College, Cambridge, then lived in Berlin and Paris, writing prolifically in Russian under the pseudonym Sirin. In 1940, he left France for the United States, where he wrote some of his greatest works-Bend Sinister (1947), Lolita (1955), Pnin (1957), and Pale Fire (1962)-and translated his earlier Russian novels into English. He taught at Wellesley, Harvard, and Cornell. He died in Montreux, Switzerland, in 1977. Thomas Karshan is the author of Vladimir Nabokov and the Art of Play and co- translator of Nabokov's The Tragedy of Mister Morn. Previously a research fellow at Christ Church, Oxford, and Queen Mary, University of London, he is now a lecturer in literature at the University of East Anglia. He lives in London and Norwich.
 
Published February 16, 2011 by Vintage. 207 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference. Fiction

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Nabokov fans will be disappointed by narrator Stefan Rudnicki's stiff, staid performance in this audio version of the author's 13th novel.

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Chamber Four

For all my harping about Lolita being the best book ever, and Nabokov being the best author of the 20th century, I actually haven’t read that many of his works.

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Project MUSE

Barabtarlo supplies bibliographic details about Pnin's composition and publication, records revealing variants between the New Yorker and book versions of the novel, tracks down facts and sources, including the unsought (the models for Nabokov's satire on psychoanalysis) or the unnoticed (the Eug...

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The Paris Review

With that caveat, and in no special order: To the Lighthouse, Sons and Lovers, Howard’s End, Invisible Man, Brideshead Revisited, Girl in Landscape, Pnin, Rebecca, The Crying of Lot 49, The Broom of the System, Two Girls, Fat and Thin, Portnoy’s Complaint, War and Peace, Crime and Punishment, The...

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