- Published: New York : Knopf : Distributed by Random House, 1992.
- Year Published: 1992
- Description: 239 p.
- Language: English
- Format: Book
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Call number: Fiction / Nabokov, Vladimir
Available Copies: Traverwood Adult
Foreword -- Pale fire, a poem in four cantos -- Commentary -- Index.
"An ingeniously constructed parody of detective fiction and learned commentary, 'Pale Fire' offers a cornucopia of deceptive pleasures, at the center of which is a 999-line poem written by the literary genius John Shade just before his death. Surrounding the poem is a foreward 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. 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."
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