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Look at the Harlequins! by Vladimir Nabokov

PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC Look at the Harlequins! Focusing on the central figures of his life his four wives his books and his muse Dementia the book leads us to suspect that the fictions Vadim has created as an author have crossed the line between his life s work and his life itself as the worlds of reality and literary invention grow increasingly indistinguishable

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i An alternative cover edition for this ISBN can be found a href https www goodreads com book show invitation to a beheading rel nofollow here a i br br Like Kafka s The Castle Invitation to a Beheading embodies a vision of a bizarre and irrational world In an unnamed dream country the young man Cincinnatus C is condemned to death by beheading for gnostical turpitude an imaginary crime that defies definition Cincinnatus spends his last days in an absurd jail where he is visited by chimerical jailers an executioner who masquerades as a fellow prisoner and by his in laws who lug their furniture with them into his cell, Once upon a time there lived in Berlin Germany a man called Albinus He was rich respectable happy one day he abandoned his wife for the sake of a youthful mistress he loved was not loved and his life ended in disaster Thus begins Vladimir Nabokov s Laughter in the Dark this the author tells us is the whole story except that he starts from here with his characteristic dazzling skill and irony and brilliantly turns a fable into a chilling original novel of folly and destruction Amidst a Weimar era milieu of silent film stars artists and aspirants Nabokov creates a merciless masterpiece as Albinus an aging critic falls prey to his own desires to his teenage mistress and to Axel Rex the scheming rival for her affections who finds his greatest joy in the downfall of others Published first in Russian as Kamera Obskura in this book appeared in Nabokov s own English translation six years later This New Directions edition based on the text as Nabokov revised it in features a new introduction by Booker Prize winner John Banville, From the writer who shocked and delighted the world with his novels b Lolita Pale Fire b and b Ada or Ardor b and so many others comes a magnificent collection of stories br Written between the s and s these sixty five tales eleven of which have been translated into English for the first time display all the shades of Nabokov s imagination They range from sprightly fables to bittersweet tales of loss from claustrophobic exercises in horror to a connoisseur s samplings of the table of human folly Read as a whole b The Stories of Vladimir Nabokov b offers and intoxicating draft of the master s genius his devious wit and his ability to turn language into an instrument of ecstasy br br The wood sprite br Russian spoken here br Sounds br Wingstroke br Gods br A matter of chance br The seaport br Revenge br Beneficence br Details of a sunset br The thunderstorm br La veneziana br Bachmann br The dragon br Christmas br A letter that never reached Russia br The fight br The return of Chorb br A guide to Berlin br A nursery tale br Terror br Razor br The passenger br The doorbell br An affair of honor br The Christmas story br The potato elf br The aurelian br A dashing fellow br A bad day br The visit to the museum br A busy man br Terra incognita br The reunion br Lips to lips br Orache br Music br Perfection br The admiralty spire br The Leonardo br In memory of L I Shigaev br The circle br A Russian beauty br Breaking the news br Torpid smoke br Recruiting br A slice of life br Spring in Fialta br Cloud castle lake br Tyrants destroyed br Lik br Mademoiselle O br Vasiliy Shishkov br Ultima Thule br Solus Rex br The assistant producer br That in aleppo once br A forgotten poet br Time and ebb br Conversation piece br Signs and symbols br First love br Scenes from the life of a double monster br The Vane sisters br Lance, The urbane authority that Vladimir Nabokov brought to every word he ever wrote and the ironic amusement he cultivated in response to being uprooted and politically exiled twice in his life never found fuller expression than in i Pale Fire i published in after the critical and popular success of Lolita had made him an international literary figure br br An ingeniously constructed parody of detective fiction and learned commentary i Pale Fire i offers a cornucopia of deceptive pleasures at the center of which is a line poem written by the literary genius John Shade just before his death Surrounding the poem is a foreword and commentary by the demented scholar Charles Kinbote who interweaves adoring literary analysis with the fantastical tale of an assassin from the land of Zembla in pursuit of a deposed king br br Brilliantly constructed and wildly inventive this darkly witty novel of suspense literary one upmanship and political intrigue achieves that rarest of things in literature perfect tragicomic balance