This is Real Life Sale

Special Offers see all

Enter to WIN a $100 Credit

Subscribe to
for a chance to win.
Privacy Policy

Visit our stores

    Recently Viewed clear list

    Beyond the Headlines | March 6, 2015

    Rhianna Walton: IMG Beyond the Headlines: How to Visit Cuba

    Ever since President Obama's December announcement that the United States is resuming full diplomatic ties with Cuba, the Powell's buyers' office... Continue »

Qualifying orders ship free.
New Trade Paper
Ships in 1 to 3 days
Add to Wishlist
Available for In-store Pickup
in 7 to 12 days
Qty Store Section
4 Remote Warehouse Literature- A to Z
24 Remote Warehouse Literature- A to Z

More copies of this ISBN

ADA, or Ardor: A Family Chronicle (Vintage International)


ADA, or Ardor: A Family Chronicle (Vintage International) Cover

ISBN13: 9780679725220
ISBN10: 0679725229
All Product Details


Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

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 supreme 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.

About the Author

Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov was born on April 23, 1899, in St. Petersburg, Russia. The Nabokovs were known for their high culture and commitment to public service, and the elder Nabokov was an outspoken opponent of antisemitism and one of the leaders of the opposition party, the Kadets. In 1919, following the Bolshevik revolution, he took his family into exile. Four years later he was shot and killed at a political rally in Berlin while trying to shield the speaker from right-wing assassins.

The Nabokov household was trilingual, and as a child Nabokov was already reading Wells, Poe, Browning, Keats, Flaubert, Verlaine, Rimbaud, Tolstoy, and Chekhov, alongside the popular entertainments of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Jules Verne. As a young man, he studied Slavic and romance languages at Trinity College, Cambridge, taking his honors degree in 1922. For the next eighteen years he lived in Berlin and Paris, writing prolifically in Russian under the pseudonym Sirin and supporting himself through translations, lessons in English and tennis, and by composing the first crossword puzzles in Russian. In 1925 he married Vera Slonim, with whom he had one child, a son, Dmitri.

Having already fled Russia and Germany, Nabokov became a refugee once more in 1940, when he was forced to leave France for the United States. There he taught at Wellesley, Harvard, and Cornell. He also gave up writing in Russian and began composing fiction in English. In his afterword to Lolita he claimed: "My private tragedy, which cannot, and indeed should not, be anybody's concern, is that I had to abandon my natural idiom, my untrammeled, rich, and infinitely docile Russian tongue for a second-rate brand of English, devoid of any of those apparatuses--the baffling mirror, the black velvet backdrop, the implied associations and traditions--which the native illusionist, frac-tails flying, can magically use to transcend the heritage in his own way." [p. 317] Yet Nabokov's American period saw the creation of what are arguably his greatest works, Bend Sinister (1947), Lolita (1955), Pnin (1957), and Pale Fire (1962), as well as the translation of his earlier Russian novels into English. He also undertook English translations of works by Lermontov and Pushkin and wrote several books of criticism. Vladimir Nabokov died in Montreux, Switzerland, in 1977.

What Our Readers Are Saying

Add a comment for a chance to win!
Average customer rating based on 1 comment:

J.S., August 4, 2012 (view all comments by J.S.)
This is probably one of the greatest books about love-travel-male/female combat-and resolution I have ever read - and, on top of all the monumental human combat through the decades, it is hilarious. Bring a French dictionary with you, there are a handful of proverbs and homilies in it that'll tax your linguistic skills - oh, and a pig-Latin all its own, which you will need a pad of paper to mark down to translate yourself. Truly an engrossing wonderful book that'll keep you up nights till you finish it. And, as sad as you might be when you do, you'll be so relieved at its ending. Old age truly does have its rewards.
Was this comment helpful? | Yes | No

Product Details

Nabokov, Vladimir
Vintage Books
New York :
Novels and novellas
Continental european
Literature-A to Z
fiction;novel;literature;20th century;russian;nabokov;incest;russian literature;american literature;russia;american;family;classics;alternate history;1960s;classic;20th century literature;russian fiction;science fiction;romance;sex;literary fiction;americ
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Vintage International (Paperback)
Series Volume:
Publication Date:
Grade Level:
7.99 x 5.16 x 1.07 in 1 lb

Other books you might like

  1. Mary New Mass Market $7.50
  2. Lolita Used Mass Market $4.95
  3. The Gift (Vintage International) Used Trade Paper $10.50
  4. Pale Fire
    Used Trade Paper $9.95
  5. Speak, Memory: An Autobiography... Used Trade Paper $10.95
  6. The Way We Work

Related Subjects

Featured Titles » Literature
Fiction and Poetry » Literature » A to Z

ADA, or Ardor: A Family Chronicle (Vintage International) New Trade Paper
0 stars - 0 reviews
$18.00 In Stock
Product details 624 pages Vintage Books USA - English 9780679725220 Reviews:
  • back to top


Powell's City of Books is an independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon, that fills a whole city block with more than a million new, used, and out of print books. Shop those shelves — plus literally millions more books, DVDs, and gifts — here at