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Pale fire

Author: Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov
Publisher: New York : Knopf : Distributed by Random House, 1992.
Series: Everyman's library, no. 67.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
Summary:
"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 foreword and commentary by the demented scholar Charles Kinbote, who interweaves adoring literary analysis with the fantastical tale of an assassin  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Experimental fiction, American
Experimental fiction
Detective and mystery fiction
Black humor
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Mystery fiction
Humour noir
Fiction
Named Person: Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov; Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov
Material Type: Fiction, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov
ISBN: 0679410775 9780679410775
OCLC Number: 24467494
Description: xxiii, 315 p. ; 22 cm.
Contents: Foreword --
Pale fire, a poem in four cantos --
Commentary --
Index.
Series Title: Everyman's library, no. 67.
Responsibility: Vladimir Nabokov.
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Abstract:

"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 foreword 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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