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

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Paperback. Pub Date :2012-12-06 Pages: 304 Language: English Publisher: Penguin Books The Original of Laura is Vladimir Nabokovs 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 p...

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In these pages readers will find bright flashes of Nabokovian wordplay and surreal, Magritte-like descriptions." "The New York Times"
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"Tantalizing, fascinating. . . . A generous gift to readers. . . . Filled with sly wit and memorable images." "The Christian Science Monitor
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"A beautifully printed objet d'art in its own right, the book of previously unpublished writings offers a thrilling insight into the great writer's creative process, 28 years after his death." "The Kansas City Star
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"A unique chance to see the master out of control. . . . 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
"This is no ordinary manuscript. . . . "The Original of Laura" is an astonishingly accurate representation of a genius' shards. But, my God, what shards these are. What devotee of Nabokov, much less mere reader, could possibly regret Dmitri Nabokov's decision to give us this gift? . . . What we have is a novelistic genius's fever dream one of the great literary talents of his century aswirl with ideas and last thoughts." "The Buffalo News
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"Nabokov's last metafictive parable. . . . One of the most interesting short stories Nabokov never wrote." "San Francisco Chronicle
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"Bits and pieces of Laura will beckon and beguile Nabokov fans, who will find many of the author s perennial themes and obsessions percolating through the story of Philip. . . . In these pages readers will find bright flashes of Nabokovian wordplay and surreal, Magritte-like descriptions." "The New York Times
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Undeniably handsome. . . . Nabokov s ornate vocabulary is predictably fun, especially when applied to body parts. "The Guardian" (London)
The more I reread it, the more I discover and admire. . . . His style may be most extraordinary not so much as prose but as story. . . . For centuries, I predict, scholars of narrative will focus on the opening chapter of The Original of Laura as proof of the new finds to be made in fiction in characterization, setting, action, speech, narration. Brian Boyd, "The Globe and Mail" (Toronto)"

"In these pages readers will find bright flashes of Nabokovian wordplay and surreal, Magritte-like descriptions." --The New York Times

"Tantalizing, fascinating. . . . A generous gift to readers. . . . Filled with sly wit and memorable images." --The Christian Science Monitor

"A beautifully printed objet d'art in its own right, the book of previously unpublished writings offers a thrilling insight into the great writer's creative process, 28 years after his death." --The Kansas City Star

"A unique chance to see the master out of control. . . . 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
"This is no ordinary manuscript. . . . The Original of Laura is an astonishingly accurate representation of a genius' shards. But, my God, what shards these are. What devotee of Nabokov, much less mere reader, could possibly regret Dmitri Nabokov's decision to give us this gift? . . . What we have is a novelistic genius's fever dream--one of the great literary talents of his century aswirl with ideas and last thoughts." --The Buffalo News

"Nabokov's last metafictive parable. . . . One of the most interesting short stories Nabokov never wrote." --San Francisco Chronicle

"Bits and pieces of Laura will beckon and beguile Nabokov fans, who will find many of the author's perennial themes and obsessions percolating through the story of Philip. . . . In these pages readers will find bright flashes of Nabokovian wordplay and surreal, Magritte-like descriptions." --The New York Times

"Undeniably handsome. . . . Nabokov's ornate vocabulary is predictably fun, especially when applied to body parts." --The Guardian (London)
"The more I reread it, the more I discover and admire. . . . His style may be most extraordinary not so much as prose but as story. . . . For centuries, I predict, scholars of narrative will focus on the opening chapter of The Original of Laura as proof of the new finds to be made in fiction--in characterization, setting, action, speech, narration." -Brian Boyd, The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

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.

Dmitri Nabokov was Vladimir Nabokov's son.

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