The Original of Laura: (Dying Is Fun) A Novel in Fragments (Penguin Modern Classics)

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The Original of Laura is Vladimir Nabokov's final, incredible unfinished novel in fragments. Dr Philip Wild, a man of brilliance, wit, fortune and tremendous bulk, is used to suffering humiliations at the hands of his wife, the younger, slender, and rudely promiscuous Flora. But in a novel, a 'maddening masterpiece' documenting her infidelities, written by one of her lovers and given to the doctor, she appears as My Laura. Dishonoured, Wild still finds pleasure in life, by indulging in self-annihilation, beginning with the removal of his toes.

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.

Dmitri Nabokov was Vladimir Nabokov's son.

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There are forty sentences alone that make this volume worth having. ( Ian McEwan 20091117)

This edition is a triumph of the book maker's art… The Original of Laura is magic right through, from the dust jacket, in sideways-fading white on black with just the merest flicks of gules, past the cloth cover that reproduces the last words of Nabokov the novelist, to the heavy gray pages divided between, on the top half, photographic reproductions of the 138 file cards, front and back, and, on the bottom half, the text in print, including misspellings, slips of the pen, blank spaces, all… the book is deeply interesting. ( John Banville, Bookforum )

It’s like seeing an unfinished Michelangelo sculpture—one of those rough, half-formed giants straining to step out of its marble block. It’s even more powerful, to a different part of the brain, than the polish of a David or a Lolita. ( New York magazine )

…“Laura” will beckon and beguile Nabokov fans, who will find many of the author’s perennial themes and obsessions percolating. ( The New York Times )

…this tantalizing, fascinating, occasionally perplexing manuscript. Pity he didn’t get to finish it. Fortunate we get to see it at all. ( The Christian Science Monitor )

What literary news could be more thrilling? ( Robert McCrum, The Observer )

There are enough Nabokovian touches…to tantalize any devotee of the English language. ( James Marcus, The Los Angeles Times )

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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.

Dmitri Nabokov was Vladimir Nabokov's son.

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