This site uses cookies to deliver our services, improve performance, for analytics, and (if not signed in) for advertising. By using LibraryThing you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your use of the site and services is subject to these policies and terms.
Hide this

Results from Google Books

Click on a thumbnail to go to Google Books.

Pnin (Penguin Modern Classics) by Vladimir…

Pnin (Penguin Modern Classics) (original 1957; edition 2000)

by Vladimir Nabokov

MembersReviewsPopularityAverage ratingConversations / Mentions
3,426602,508 (3.92)1 / 181
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.… (more)
Title:Pnin (Penguin Modern Classics)
Authors:Vladimir Nabokov
Info:Penguin Books Ltd (2000), Edition: New Ed, Paperback, 176 pages
Collections:Your library

Work details

Pnin by Vladimir Nabokov (Author) (1957)

  1. 01
    Pale Fire by Vladimir Nabokov (KayCliff)
  2. 02
    Portuguese Irregular Verbs by Alexander McCall Smith (bertilak)
    bertilak: Smith's book is a trifle by comparison, but both deal with eccentric academics.

Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you'll like this book.

English (53)  Dutch (2)  Swedish (1)  Hebrew (1)  French (1)  Catalan (1)  Italian (1)  All languages (60)
Showing 1-5 of 53 (next | show all)
Pnin is a Russian immigrant in the U.S., working as a professor of Russian at a small liberal arts college. This book is a humorous portrait of his trials and tribulations trying to navigate American culture and his personal life. Really, I had no idea Nabokov could be so funny. You end up feeling amused by, sorry for, and impressed by Pnin. It's a short novel, and one that made me feel that every word was considered in the writing process. I really enjoyed it and I'm glad to have read something besides Lolita by Nabokov. I just couldn't get past the subject matter in Lolita, so it was great to get to admire Nabokov's beautiful writing with a more palatable subject. ( )
  japaul22 | Jul 7, 2019 |
מהתלה קטנה ועצובה על פרופסור גולה רוסי באוניברסיטת שדה אמריקנית. כשרונו של נבוקוב ניכר אבל הספר איכשהו לא שלם, אולי בגלל חוסר יכולתו של נבוקוב להרגיש ולהביע אמפטיה אמיתית כלפי הגיבור העצוב והמגוחך שלו ( )
  amoskovacs | Jan 28, 2018 |
I really appreciated Nabokov's clever observations and use of language in this novel about a somewhat hapless Russian, Timofey Pnin, who teaches at an American University. Nabokov also skewers, by throwing in some satire on academia.

"With the help of the janitor he screwed on to the side of the desk a pencil sharpener -- that highly satisfying, highly philosophical implement that goes ticonderoga-ticonderoga, feeding on the yellow finish and sweet wood, and ends up in a kind of soundlessly spinning ethereal void as we all must."

Looking forward to seeking out more by Nabokov (I did read Lolita several years ago). ( )
  ValerieAndBooks | Jul 25, 2017 |
Distinctly odd book about an odd character. Not much of a story but intriguing - with a bonus overview of Russian culture of early 20th century. ( )
  vguy | May 31, 2017 |
A character sketch of an older Russian emigrant to the US, teaching in a small college, oblivious of the politics of his fellow professors but still holding grudges against men who were involved with his love and short-time wife. ( )
  snash | May 18, 2017 |
Showing 1-5 of 53 (next | show all)
no reviews | add a review

» Add other authors (21 possible)

Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Nabokov, VladimirAuthorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bayer, A. E.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hoog, ElseTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Matthes, UrlichNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Wood, MichaelAfterwordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Zimmer, Dieter E.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data.
For more help see the Common Knowledge help page.
Series (with order)
Canonical title
Original title
Information from the Dutch Common Knowledge. Edit to localize it to your language.
Alternative titles
Original publication date
Important places
Important events
Related movies
Awards and honors
To Véra
First words
The elderly passenger sitting on the north-window side of that inexorably moving railway coach, next to an empty seat and facing two empty ones, was none other than Professor Timofey Pnin.
Pnin had nothing against Miss Bliss. In trying to visualize a serene senility, he saw her with passable clarity bringing him his lap robe or refilling his fountain pen.
Last words
(Click to show. Warning: May contain spoilers.)
Disambiguation notice
Publisher's editors
Publisher series
Original language
Canonical DDC/MDS

References to this work on external resources.

Wikipedia in English


No library descriptions found.

Book description
Haiku summary

Quick Links

Popular covers


Average: (3.92)
0.5 1
1 4
1.5 1
2 35
2.5 4
3 131
3.5 53
4 264
4.5 37
5 174

Penguin Australia

2 editions of this book were published by Penguin Australia.

Editions: 0141183756, 0141197129

Is this you?

Become a LibraryThing Author.


About | Contact | Privacy/Terms | Help/FAQs | Blog | Store | APIs | TinyCat | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | Common Knowledge | 142,345,408 books! | Top bar: Always visible