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  • Published: 6 December 2000
  • ISBN: 9780141183756
  • Imprint: Peng. Mod. Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 176
  • RRP: $30.00

Pnin




Professor Timofey Pnin, late of Tsarist Russia, is now precariously perched at the heart of an American campus. Battling with American life and language, Pnin must face great hazards in this new world: the ruination of his beautiful lumber-room-as-office; the removal of his teeth and the fitting of new ones; the search for a suitable boarding house; and the trials of taking the wrong train to deliver a lecture in a language he has yet to master.
Wry, intelligent and moving, Pnin reveals the absurd and affecting story of one man in exile.

  • Pub date: 6 December 2000
  • ISBN: 9780141183756
  • Imprint: Peng. Mod. Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 176
  • RRP: $30.00

About the Authors

Vladimir Nabokov

One of the twentieth century's master prose stylists, Vladimir Nabokov (1899 - 1977) was born in St Petersburg, but left Russia when the Bolsheviks seized power. He studied French and Russian literature at Trinity College, Cambridge, then lived in Berlin and Paris, where he launched a brilliant literary career. In 1940 he moved to the United States, and achieved renown as a novelist, poet, critic, and translator. He taught literature at Wellesley, Stanford, Cornell, and Harvard. In 1961 he moved to Montreux, Switzerland, where he died in 1977.

His first novel in English was The Real Life of Sebastian Knight, published in 1941. His other books include Ada or Ardor (1969), Laughter in the Dark (1933), Pale Fire (1962), the short story collection Details of a Sunset (1976) and Lolita (1955), his best-known novel.


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