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Pnin /
Vladimir Nabokov.
edition
1st Vintage international ed.
imprint
New York : Vintage Books, 1989, c1957.
description
191 p. ; 21 cm.
ISBN
0679723412 :
format(s)
Book
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series title
imprint
New York : Vintage Books, 1989, c1957.
isbn
0679723412 :
catalogue key
10307926
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Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Publishers Weekly on 2011-02-07:
Nabokov fans will be disappointed by narrator Stefan Rudnicki's stiff, staid performance in this audio version of the author's 13th novel. Told in a series of vignettes, the story follows Russian immigrant and professor Timofey Pavlovich Pnin as he boards the wrong train on his way to deliver a lecture, loses his luggage, struggles with the English language, hunts for living quarters, deals with his ex-wife, and throws a faculty party. Rudnicki's narration is clear and steady, but fails to capture the playfulness of Nabokov's prose and the humor of the text. Instead, Rudnicki's tone is variously stiff, needlessly booming, or monotone. He does, however, provide a wide range of voices for the cast of characters. His rendition of the title character-which sounds like a hybrid of Sacha Baron Cohen's Borat and Soviet comedian Yakov Smirnoff-is dynamic and entertaining. Listeners will be left wishing Rudnicki had infused more of his narration with those qualities. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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"Nabokov writes prose the only way it should be written, that is, ecstatically." -- John Updike
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Guardian UK, May 2004
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Pnin is a professor of Russian at an American college who takes the wrong train to deliver a lecture in a language he cannot master. Pnin is a tireless lover who writes to his treacherous Liza: "A genius needs to keep so much in store, and thus cannot offer you the whole of himself as I do." Pnin is the focal point of subtle academic conspiracies he cannot begin to comprehend, yet he stages a faculty party to end all faculty parties forever.

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