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The urbane authority that Vladimir Nabokov brought to every word he ever wrote, and the ironic amusement he cultivated in response to being uprooted and politically exiled twice in his life, never found fuller expression than in Pale Fire published in 1962 after the critical and popular success of Lolita had made him an international literary figure.

An ingeniously constructed parody of detective fiction and learned commentary, Pale Fire offers a cornucopia of deceptive pleasures, at the center of which is a 999-line poem written by the literary genius John Shade just before his death. Surrounding the poem is a foreword and commentary by the demented scholar Charles Kinbote, who interweaves adoring literary analysis with the fantastical tale of an assassin from the land of Zembla in pursuit of a deposed king. Brilliantly constructed and wildly inventive, this darkly witty novel of suspense, literary one-upmanship, and political intrigue achieves that rarest of things in literature-perfect tragicomic balance.

With an Introduction by Richard Rorty

Product Details

ISBN:
9780425062388
Publisher:
Berkley
Location:
New York :
Author:
Nabokov, Vladimir
Edition Description:
Berkley Medallion ed.
Series Volume:
no. 42
Publication Date:
19821215
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
214 p.
Dimensions:
5 x 7 x 1 in 0.5 lb

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Fiction and Poetry » Literature » A to Z

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