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  • Published: New York : Knopf : Distributed by Random House, 1992.
  • Year Published: 1992
  • Description: 239 p.
  • Language: English
  • Format: Book

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  • 0679410775
  • 9780679410775

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Pale fire

by Nabokov, Vladimir Vladimirovich, 1899-1977.

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Call number: Fiction / Nabokov, Vladimir

Available Copies: Malletts Adult

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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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