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Pnin (original 1957; edition 2004)

by Vladimir Nabokov

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Title:Pnin
Authors:Vladimir Nabokov
Info:Everyman's Library (2004), Hardcover, 184 pages
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Rating:****
Tags:russian, usa

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Pnin by Vladimir Nabokov (1957)

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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 |
What can I say about a writer who can take the time to include the following sentence after his two characters fall asleep for the night: "Presently all were asleep again. It was a pity nobody saw the display in the empty street, where the auroral breeze wrinkled a large luminous puddle, making of the telephone wires reflected in it illegible lines of black zigzags." He is eloquent, lyrical, evocative and more. That doesn't even touch on the story itself, which is an apparently timeless tale of an immigrant, a nostalgic and brilliant one, who is eternally underestimated and made a caricature by his intellectual peers & colleagues. Pnin is a sort of Charlie Chaplinesque figure. (in fact, Nabokov writes of Pnin's own scorn for Chaplin) Only the narrator seems to communicate a sense of the tragi-comic nature of Pnin's life. A bittersweet read, with a message to us all! ( )
  hemlokgang | May 7, 2017 |
Beautifully written story about a Russian teaching in the American university system. Pnin is a lovely and distinct character portrayed wonderfully. ( )
  kale.dyer | Nov 23, 2016 |
Gentle, meandering, sometimes goofy but mostly sad. The descriptions of art and nature are the best part. People should read this instead of Stoner. ( )
1 vote xicohtli | Jul 20, 2016 |
The chapters of this book are really fairly self contained short stories, all centred on Pnin (I am none the wiser how to pronounce this name after reading the book). They are funny and a little pathetic, Pnin is a fairly hapless character. A good book on living in exile, university life, and difficult relationships. ( )
  AlisonSakai | Apr 17, 2016 |
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Vladimir Nabokovprimary authorall editionscalculated
Bayer, A. E.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hoog, ElseTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Matthes, UrlichNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Wood, MichaelAfterwordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Zimmer, Dieter E.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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.
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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.

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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.… (more)

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2 editions of this book were published by Penguin Australia.

Editions: 0141183756, 0141197129

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