Pnin (Vintage International) (Paperback)
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Pnin is a professor of Russian at an American college who takes the wrong train to deliver a lecture in a language he cannot master. Pnin is a tireless lover who writes to his treacherous Liza: "A genius needs to keep so much in store, and thus cannot offer you the whole of himself as I do." Pnin is the focal point of subtle academic conspiracies he cannot begin to comprehend, yet he stages a faculty party to end all faculty parties forever.
About the Author
One of the twentieth century's master prose stylists, VLADIMIR NABOKOV was born in St. Petersburg in 1899. He studied French and Russian literature at Trinity College, Cambridge, then lived in Berlin and Paris, where he launched a brilliant literary career. In 1940 he moved to the United States, and achieved renown as a novelist, poet, critic, and translator. He taught literature at Wellesley, Stanford, Cornell, and Harvard. In 1961 he moved to Montreux, Switzerland, where he died in 1977.
"Nabokov writes prose the only way it should be written, that is, ecstatically." —John Updike
“Has there ever been a better novel written about a fumbling Russian émigré?” —Gary Shteyngart, New York Times bestselling author of Our Country Friends
“Hilariously funny and of a sadness.” —Graham Greene, acclaimed author of The Quiet American and The End of the Affair
“Pnin’s vita, though its essence is saintliness, is yet a work of brilliant magic and fabulous laughter.” —The New Republic
“Fun and satire are just the beginning of the rewards of this novel. Generous, bewildered Pnin, that most kindly and impractical of men, wins our affection and respect.” —Chicago Tribune
“Nabokov can move you to laughter in the way the masters can–-to laughter that is near to tears.” —The Guardian