Pale Fire (Penguin Modern Classics)

4.19 avg rating
( 29,401 ratings by GoodReads )
 
9780141185262: Pale Fire (Penguin Modern Classics)

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'

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

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

Review:

He did us all an honour by electing to use, and transform, our language (Anthony Burgess)

About the Author:

Vladimir 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.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Nabokov, Vladimir
Published by Penguin Books Ltd, United Kingdom (2010)
ISBN 10: 0141185260 ISBN 13: 9780141185262
New Paperback Quantity Available: 10
Seller
The Book Depository
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Penguin Books Ltd, United Kingdom, 2010. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Repr.. 192 x 128 mm. Language: English . Brand New Book. 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 should. Nabokov s darkly witty, richly inventive masterwork is a suspenseful whodunit, a story of one-upmanship and dubious penmanship, and a glorious literary conundrum. Bookseller Inventory # APG9780141185262

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
7.91
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

Nabokov, Vladimir
Published by Penguin Books Ltd, United Kingdom (2010)
ISBN 10: 0141185260 ISBN 13: 9780141185262
New Paperback Quantity Available: 10
Seller
The Book Depository US
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Penguin Books Ltd, United Kingdom, 2010. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Repr.. 192 x 128 mm. Language: English . Brand New Book. 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 should. Nabokov s darkly witty, richly inventive masterwork is a suspenseful whodunit, a story of one-upmanship and dubious penmanship, and a glorious literary conundrum. Bookseller Inventory # APG9780141185262

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
8.73
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

Nabokov, Vladimir
ISBN 10: 0141185260 ISBN 13: 9780141185262
New Quantity Available: > 20
Seller
BWB
(Valley Stream, NY, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Book Condition: New. Depending on your location, this item may ship from the US or UK. Bookseller Inventory # 97801411852620000000

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
8.74
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

4.

Nabokov, Vladimir
ISBN 10: 0141185260 ISBN 13: 9780141185262
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Grand Eagle Retail
(Wilmington, DE, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description 2000. Paperback. Book Condition: New. 129mm x 198mm x 18mm. Paperback. A novel constructed around the last great poem of a fictional American poet, John Shade, and an account of his death. The poem appears in full and the narrative develops through the length.Shipping may be from multiple locations in the US or from the UK, depending on stock availability. 256 pages. 0.250. Bookseller Inventory # 9780141185262

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
9.94
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

5.

Nabokov, Vladimir
Published by Penguin Classics 2011-02-03 (2011)
ISBN 10: 0141185260 ISBN 13: 9780141185262
New Quantity Available: 5
Seller
Chiron Media
(Wallingford, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Penguin Classics 2011-02-03, 2011. Book Condition: New. Brand new book, sourced directly from publisher. Dispatch time is 24-48 hours from our warehouse. Book will be sent in robust, secure packaging to ensure it reaches you securely. Bookseller Inventory # NU-GRD-00405269

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
7.19
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 2.99
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

6.

Nabokov, Vladimir
Published by PENGUIN BOOKS INDIA
ISBN 10: 0141185260 ISBN 13: 9780141185262
New Soft cover Quantity Available: 2
Seller
Books in my Basket
(New Delhi, India)
Rating
[?]

Book Description PENGUIN BOOKS INDIA. Soft cover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # 335130

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
7.57
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 3.54
From India to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

7.

Nabokov, Vladimir
ISBN 10: 0141185260 ISBN 13: 9780141185262
New Paperback Quantity Available: 11
Seller
Ria Christie Collections
(Uxbridge, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Paperback. Book Condition: New. Not Signed; 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. book. Bookseller Inventory # ria9780141185262_rkm

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
8.15
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 3.34
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

8.

Nabokov, Vladimir
Published by Penguin Books Ltd (2010)
ISBN 10: 0141185260 ISBN 13: 9780141185262
New Softcover Quantity Available: 11
Rating
[?]

Book Description Penguin Books Ltd, 2010. Book Condition: New. 2010. Paperback. 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? Series: Penguin Modern Classics. Num Pages: 256 pages. BIC Classification: FA; FC. Category: (G) General (US: Trade). Dimension: 196 x 129 x 16. Weight in Grams: 242. . . . . . . Bookseller Inventory # V9780141185262

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
11.68
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From Ireland to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

9.

Nabokov, Vladimir
ISBN 10: 0141185260 ISBN 13: 9780141185262
New Quantity Available: 3
Seller
Speedy Hen LLC
(Sunrise, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # ST0141185260. Bookseller Inventory # ST0141185260

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
12.27
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

10.

Nabokov, Vladimir
Published by Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN 10: 0141185260 ISBN 13: 9780141185262
New Softcover Quantity Available: 11
Seller
Kennys Bookstore
(Olney, MD, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Penguin Books Ltd. Book Condition: New. 2010. Paperback. 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? Series: Penguin Modern Classics. Num Pages: 256 pages. BIC Classification: FA; FC. Category: (G) General (US: Trade). Dimension: 196 x 129 x 16. Weight in Grams: 242. . . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Bookseller Inventory # V9780141185262

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
12.41
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

There are more copies of this book

View all search results for this book