Pale Fire: Introduction by Richard Rorty (Everyman's Library Contemporary Classics Series)

Pale Fire: Introduction by Richard Rorty (Everyman's Library Contemporary Classics Series) by Vladimir Nabokov 0679410775 9780679410775
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(Book Jacket Status: Jacketed) The urbane authority that Vladimir Nabokov brought to every word he ever wrote, and the ironic amusement he cultivated in response to being uprooted and politically exiled twice in his life, never found fuller expression than inPale Firepublished in 1962 after the critical and popular success of Lolita had made him an international literary figure. An ingeniously constructed parody of detective fiction and learned commentary,Pale Fireoffers 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 literatureperfect tragicomic balance. With an Introduction by Richard Rorty      

Author: Vladimir Nabokov

Language: English

Edition: 1st Everyman's

Binding: Hardcover

Pages: 280

Publisher: Everyman's Library

Publication Date: 1992-03-10


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