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Nabokov's Dozen A Collection of Thirteen Stories‏ E–pub READ


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  • Nabokov's Dozen A Collection of Thirteen Stories‏
  • Vladimir Nabokov
  • English
  • 11 August 2019
  • 9780385191173

Vladimir Nabokov ✓ 9 Summary

review Nabokov's Dozen A Collection of Thirteen Stories‏ Summary Nabokov's Dozen A Collection of Thirteen Stories‏ ´ E-book, or Kindle E-pub Roducer Aurelian Cloud castle lake Conversation piece 1945 That in Aleppo once Time and ebb Scenes from the life of a double monster Mademoiselle O Lance. Nabokov was a writer s writer a grand master of the written word Nowhere else have I seen such concentrated genius John Banville comes close I had to cut my reading speed in half to work through the density of this writing every word perfectly chosen every scene and character imaginatively described with incredibly insightful and telling detail As for plot the author conjures a series of scenes rather than telling a story though a story does emerge Of course I liked some of the stories than others my favorites were Spring in Fialta and The Aurelian For glimpses of old Russia I liked A Forgotten Poet and for the Stalinist era The Assistant Producer For hilarious character sketches Conversation Piece takes the prize In short I found nearly all of the stories richly rewarding The Deltoid Pumpkin Seed piece 1945 That in Aleppo once Time and ebb Scenes from the life of a double monster Mademoiselle O Lance. Nabokov was a writer s writer a grand master of the written word Nowhere else have I seen such concentrated genius John Banville comes close I had to cut my reading speed in half to work through the density of this writing every word L'Armée du Salut perfectly chosen every scene and character imaginatively described with incredibly insightful and telling detail As for Desolation Angels The Big Empty #3 plot the author conjures a series of scenes rather than telling a story though a story does emerge Of course I liked some of the stories than others my favorites were Spring in Fialta and The Aurelian For glimpses of old Russia I liked A Forgotten Poet and for the Stalinist era The Assistant Producer For hilarious character sketches Conversation Piece takes the Under Fire In The Middle East prize In short I found nearly all of the stories richly rewarding

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Nabokov's Dozen A Collection of Thirteen Stories‏

review Nabokov's Dozen A Collection of Thirteen Stories‏ Summary Nabokov's Dozen A Collection of Thirteen Stories‏ ´ E-book, or Kindle E-pub Nabokov's Dozen 1958 a collection of 13 short stories by Vladimir Nabokov previously published in American magazines Nine of them also previously appeare. We all know Nabokov from works such as Lolita and Speak Memory but how is he as a short story writer Excellent of course although anytime you are presented with 13 stories your reaction to some will be mixed And this collection is a mixed bag in style and uality with short stories essays memoirs One piece Lance is a work of science fiction about a space traveler Cloud Castle Lake is Kafkaesue a man wins a train trip excursion through Germany and the other travelers bully and torment him In Spring in Fialta a man and a woman keep running into each other over the years in various capitals of Europe This is a haunting story with a tragic ending based on the theme of what was the purpose of fate in bringing us constantly together Nabokov scatters reflections upon writing in the stories Here s one I liked from Spring in Fialta Having mastered the art of verbal invention to perfection he particularly prided himself on being a writer personally I could never understand what was the good of thinking up books of penning things that had not really happened in some way or other In Mademoiselle O a piece in homage to his nanny he has a passage about how when he lends a real item from his past to a character in his writings it starts to fade in importance from his own life and becomes identified with its fictional use Some things never change That in Aleppo Once has a passage about refugees two women and a child trying to dig a grave with a stick and their hands to bury the father or grandfather who had been accompanying them There are butterflies of course The Aurelian is a tragic story of a man who owns a shop for butterfly collectors and spends his entire life dreaming of an exotic trip to collect specimensThese pieces are from the late 1930 s to the late 1950 s when the author was in Berlin and Paris then Boston Wellesley College and then Ithaca Cornell As always with Nabokov you need your dictionary at hand or on line For example within a few pages I looked up ecchymotic susurrus and entoptic uite a mixture but all in all good stories well worth reading

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review Nabokov's Dozen A Collection of Thirteen Stories‏ Summary Nabokov's Dozen A Collection of Thirteen Stories‏ ´ E-book, or Kindle E-pub D in Nine StoriesAll were later reprinted within The Stories of Vladimir Nabokov Spring in Fialta Forgotten poet First love Signs and symbols Assistant p. Most of these stories are simple or less obvious tales of slight emotional impact but constructed artfully and with exceptionally rich vocabulary and phrasing They merit freuent re readings not because they are at all difficult to understand or complex which they are not but because the flowing rhythm of their sounds and images is so pleasing making re reading like listening again to a favorite symphony A couple are total fantasies barely brushing any real lived experience one in the imaginary resort of Fialta another Lance in a hallucinatory and multilayered time several millennia hence and deep outer space overlapping with the here and now of mid twentieth century mid America Even these are occasion for wry social commentary on adultery frustration and lost opportunity in Spring in Fialta and on the craft of commercial fiction in Lance where I especially liked this remark by the narrator as he tries and fails to recall a particular face All I manage to glimpse is an effect of melting light on one side of her misty hair and in this I suspect I am insidiously influenced by the standard artistry of modern photography and I feel how much easier writing must have been in former days when one s imagination was not hemmed in by innumerable visual aids and a frontiersman looking at his first giant cactus or his first high snows was not necessarily reminded of a tire company s pictorial advertisementThis was written in 1952 How much insidious has become the effect of all the imagery that bombards us today It s hard to write fresh perhaps even impossible to escape all the trite phrases and images stored in our memory Nevertheless and knowing this Nabokov tries harder than most popular authors resorting to rhetorical surprise to force his readers to look again He accomplishes this by his use of unexpected and unusual adjectives and nouns that reuire us to stop if only for a nanosecond to think on what is truly being invokedNabokov wrote and published several of these stories originally in Russian and at least one Mademoiselle O in French to later translate them into English in the case of Mademoiselle O with the acknowledged assistance of Hilda Ward while the others were written and published originally in English he also had than a passing acuaintance with German he lived in Berlin for 15 years as you might guess from the stories Cloud Castle Lake and The Aurelian Thus his linguistic resources and appreciation of the peculiar virtues of each language were uite exceptional There are two stories here that I have already read than once and will surely enjoy reading again the only two which are except for a change of names true in every detail to the author s remembered life as he tells us in a Biographical Note Mademoiselle O and First Love Nabokov tells us he was 6 when Mlle O arrived at his parents house some 50 miles from Saint Petersburg which would have been 1905 a year of revolution First Love takes place only four years later and recounts a marvelous train voyage all the way from Saint Petersburg to the beach at Biarritz The remembered first sensations of a child not yet contaminated by all the influences of custom and advertising make these stories seem truly fresh and the tentative and contradictory emotions of the child rhyme with my own and thus sound truly authentic


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  1. says: Nabokov's Dozen A Collection of Thirteen Stories‏ E–pub READ Summary ✓ E-book, or Kindle E-pub ✓ Vladimir Nabokov

    review Nabokov's Dozen A Collection of Thirteen Stories‏ Nabokov's Dozen A Collection of Thirteen Stories‏ E–pub READ We all know Nabokov from works such as Lolita and Speak Memory but how is he as a short story writer? Excellent of course although anytime you are presented with 13 stories your reaction to some will be “mixed” And this collection is a mixed bag in style and uality with short stories essays memoirs One piece “Lance” is a work of science fiction about a space traveler “Cloud Castle Lake” is Kafkaesue a man wins a train trip ex

  2. says: Nabokov's Dozen A Collection of Thirteen Stories‏ E–pub READ

    Nabokov's Dozen A Collection of Thirteen Stories‏ E–pub READ Liked some than others

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    Summary ✓ E-book, or Kindle E-pub ✓ Vladimir Nabokov Vladimir Nabokov ✓ 9 Summary Nabokov's Dozen A Collection of Thirteen Stories‏ E–pub READ I half expected a Nabokovian dozen to contain one less than the norm but no I did the old trickster a disservice like a baker's round

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    Nabokov's Dozen A Collection of Thirteen Stories‏ E–pub READ More than anything else Nabokov writes about words His best work balances gracefully the referential and other functions of language so that the text is both a world in itself with puns ironies bot mots and so on and a wi

  6. says: Summary ✓ E-book, or Kindle E-pub ✓ Vladimir Nabokov Nabokov's Dozen A Collection of Thirteen Stories‏ E–pub READ Vladimir Nabokov ✓ 9 Summary

    Nabokov's Dozen A Collection of Thirteen Stories‏ E–pub READ Vladimir Nabokov ✓ 9 Summary Summary ✓ E-book, or Kindle E-pub ✓ Vladimir Nabokov Most of these stories are simple or less obvious tales of slight emotional impact but constructed artfully and with exceptio

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    Nabokov's Dozen A Collection of Thirteen Stories‏ E–pub READ Summary ✓ E-book, or Kindle E-pub ✓ Vladimir Nabokov Vladimir Nabokov ✓ 9 Summary Though I found it a little bit hard for me maybe cause' I'm not that into drama this much but it was fun to read and to explore Nabokov's world Maybe I'd give it another shot some other time

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    Summary ✓ E-book, or Kindle E-pub ✓ Vladimir Nabokov Nabokov's Dozen A Collection of Thirteen Stories‏ E–pub READ I'm not a guy who plays favourites Music art and everything else my preferences change with my mood and the weather Ask who my favourite author is though and the answer will be every time Vladimir NabokovMany of the short stories in this book don't have particularly gripping plots but at this length they don't really need to Instead they exhibit everything that made Nabokov an unparalleled writer; vivid descriptions of people places and thi

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    Nabokov's Dozen A Collection of Thirteen Stories‏ E–pub READ Vladimir Nabokov ✓ 9 Summary Summary ✓ E-book, or Kindle E-pub ✓ Vladimir Nabokov Nabokov was a writer's writer; a grand master of the written word Nowhere else have I seen such concentrated genius John Banville comes close I had to cut my reading speed in half to work through the density of this writin

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    review Nabokov's Dozen A Collection of Thirteen Stories‏ Nabokov's Dozen A Collection of Thirteen Stories‏ E–pub READ Vladimir Nabokov ✓ 9 Summary The master storyteller passionate lepidopterist patriotic emigré and all around HEARTTHROB that was Vladimir Nabokov amazes and mystifies again with each these short stories Particular favourites First Love Spring in Fialta and Lan

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