The Enchanter (Penguin Modern Classics)

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Nabokov described this novella, written in Paris in 1939 but only published twenty years later, as 'the first little throb of Lolita'. The plot is similar: a middle-aged man wedding an unattractive widow in order to indulge his paedophilic obsession with her daughter.

However, The Enchanter has an utterly different atmosphere, as time, place and even names remain a mystery. Nabokov transforms his protagonist's attempts to lull his twelve-year-old step-daughter into a state of 'enchantment' into a graceful, chilling fairytale.

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Nabokov writes prose the only way it should be written, that is, ecstatically." -- John Updike "Masterly ... brilliant." -- V. S. Pritchett, The New York Review of Books "A gem to be appreciated by any admirer of the most graceful and provocative literary craftsman." -- Chicago Tribune "One of the best books of the year ... [The Enchanter] displays the supple clarity of a master." -- Boston Globe "Enchanting ... sleekly wrought." -- Newsweek

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Vladimir Nabokov was born in 1899 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. He died in 1977.

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