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The Stories of Vladimir Nabokovby Vladimir Nabokov
Synopses & Reviews
From the writer who shocked and delighted the world with his novels Lolita, Pale Fire,
and Ada, or Ardor, and so many others, comes a magnificent collection ofstories. Written between the 1920s and 1950s, these sixty-five tales--eleven of which have been translated into English for the first time--display all the shades of Nabokov's imagination. They range from sprightly fablesto bittersweet tales of loss, from claustrophobic exercises in horror to a connoisseur's samplings of the table of human folly. Read as a whole, The Stories of Vladimir Nabokov offers and intoxicatingdraft of the master's genius, his devious wit, and his ability to turn language into an instrument of ecstasy.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
Written between the 1920s and 1950s, an anthology of sixty-five short stories explores the complex world of human relationships and human nature, in a diverse collection that includes eleven tales translated into English for the first time. Reprint. 35,000 first printing.
Table of Contents
The wood-sprite — Russian spoken here — Sounds — Wingstroke — Gods — A matter of chance — The seaport — Revenge — Beneficence — Details of a sunset — The thunderstorm — La veneziana — Bachmann — The dragon — Christmas — A letter that never reached Russia — The fight — The return of Chorb — A guide to Berlin — A nursery tale — Terror — Razor — The passenger — The doorbell — An affair of honor — The Christmas story — The potato elf — The aurelian — A dashing fellow — A bad day — The visit to the museum — A busy man — Terra incognita — The reunion — Lips to lips — Orache — Music — Perfection — The admiralty spire — The Leonardo — In memory of L.I. Shigaev — The circle — A Russian beauty — Breaking the news — Torpid smoke — Recruiting — A slice of life — Spring in Fialta — Cloud, castle, lake — Tyrants destroyed — Lik — Mademoiselle O — Vasiliy Shishkov — Ultima Thule — Solus Rex — The assistant producer — That in aleppo once — A forgotten poet — Time and ebb — Conversation piece, 1945 — Signs and symbols — First love — Scenes from the life of a double monster — The Vane sisters — Lance.
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