Vladimir 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'
'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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In Pale Fire Nabokov offers a cornucopia of deceptive pleasures: a 999-line poem by the reclusive genius John Shade; an adoring foreword and commentary by Shade's self-styled Boswell, Dr. Charles Kinbote; a darkly comic novel of suspense, literary idolatry and one-upmanship, and political intrigue.Review:
He did us all an honour by electing to use, and transform, our language (Anthony Burgess)
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Book Description Penguin Books Ltd, Harmondsworth, United Kingdom, 1973. Soft cover. Book Condition: Good. Good, paperback. Generally clean, bright and tight. Some marks and age tanning but otherwise in good condition. Owner's location with date inside front cover. Bookseller Inventory # 40071
Book Description Penguin, 1973. Paperback. Book Condition: Very Good. No Jacket. 1st Edition Thus.. 1973 Penguin first edition thus paperback; Very Good clean copy, lightly age-tanned pages, appears unread, small sticker on spine; UK dealer, immediate dispatch. Book. Bookseller Inventory # 14891
Book Description Penguin Books, 1973. Couverture souple. Book Condition: bon. In-12. RO60066386: 248 pages. An extraordinary, uncategorizable book by one of the most extraordinary writers of our time, 'Pale Fire' might be described as a sort of do-it-yourself detective story. In-12 Broché. Bon état. Couv. convenable. Dos satisfaisant. Intérieur acceptable Classification Dewey : 420-Langue anglaise. Anglo-saxon. Bookseller Inventory # RO60066386