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Biographical noteVladimir Nabokov (1899-1977) was born in St Petersburg. He wrote his first literary works in Russian, but rose to international prominence as a masterly prose stylist for the novels he composed in English, most famously, Lolita. Between 1923 and 1940 he published novels, short stories, plays, poems and translations in the Russian language and established himself as one of the most outstanding Russian émigré writers. Main descriptionVladimir Nabokov's Pale Fire, with its wildly original narrative structure, is a postmodern masterpiece from the author of Lolita, skewering the politics of academia, the struggle for interpretation, and the infinite subjectivity of human experience, published in Penguin Modern Classics. The American poet John Shade is dead; murdered. His last poem, Pale Fire, is put into a book, together with a preface, a lengthy commentary and notes by Shade's editor, Charles Kinbote. Known on campus as the 'Great Beaver', Kinbote is haughty, inquisitive, intolerant, but is he also mad, bad - and even dangerous? As his wildly eccentric annotations slide into the personal and the fantastical, Kinbote reveals perhaps more than he ought. Who is Charles Kinbote - could he be the exiled King Charles of Zembla, or the Russian madman, Professor Botkin? Or is he just another of John Shade's literary inventions? Nabokov's darkly witty, richly inventive masterwork is a suspenseful whodunit, a story of one-upmanship and dubious penmanship, and a glorious literary conundrum. Vladimir Nabokov (1977-1899) was born in St Petersburg, but left Russia when the Bolsheviks seized power. His family moved to England for a brief spell and finally settled in Berlin. His first novel in English was The Real Life of Sebastian Knight, published in 1941. His other books include Ada, Laughter in the Dark, Details of a Sunset and Lolita, his best-known novel. If you enjoyed Pale Fire, you might like Nabokov's Invitation to a Beheading, also available in Penguin Modern Classics. 'A Jack-in-the-box, a Fabergé gem, a clockwork toy, a chess problem' Mary McCarthy 'Pale Fire must be one of the most brilliant and extraordinary novels ever written, let alone in the twentieth century' William Boyd, author of Any Human Heart

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    Vladimir Nabokov

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    Penguin Books

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    19.8 cm

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    12.9 cm

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    206 g

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    Grand format

Vladimir Nabokov

Vladimir Nabokov est né en 1899 à Saint-Pétersbourg, dans une famille aristocratique et libérale. Exilé en 1919, il vécut d'abord à Cambridge, où il acheva ses études, puis en Allemagne et en France, qu'il quitta en 1940 pour s'installer aux États-Unis. Il y enseigna pendant près de vingt ans, à Wellesley College (1941-1948) et à Cornell University (1948-1958). Après l'énorme succès de Lolita, il se retira à Montreux, en Suisse, où il mourut en 1977.