Look at the Harlequins‪!‬

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Publisher Description

A dying man cautiously unravels the mysteries of memory and creation. Vadim is a Russian émigré who, like Nabokov, is a novelist, poet and critic. There are threads linking the fictional hero with his creator as he reconstructs the images of his past from young love to his serious illness.  • "Good farce throbbing with his well-known obsessions." -V.S. Pritchett, The New York Review

'Look at the harlequins ... Play! Invent the world! Invent reality'.

This is the childhood advice given by an aunt to Russian born writer Vadim Vadimovich, who emigrates to England, then Paris, then Germany and then the US. Now dying, he reconstructs his past. He remembers Iris his first wife, Annette his long-necked typist, and Bel his daughter, as well as his own bizarre illness, 'numerical nimbus syndrome'.

GENRE
Fiction & Literature
RELEASED
1990
June 16
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
272
Pages
PUBLISHER
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
SELLER
Penguin Random House LLC
SIZE
2.3
MB

Customer Reviews

Nene4D ,

Read this!

This is my favorite book OF ALL. I have read it at least five times. It has rich, beautiful prose, and is funny without cruelty. It is everything wonderful about Nabokov. I adore this little book. It has the most wonderful first sentence of a book EVER! Better even than Anna Karinin. Please ignore the nickname, which is a reference to our local library and my job in family practice all in one.

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