The real life of Sebastian Knight /
Vladimir Nabokov.
First Vintage international edition.
New York : Vintage Books, a division of Random House, Inc., 1992.
203 pages ; 21 cm.
0679727264, 9780679727262
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New York : Vintage Books, a division of Random House, Inc., 1992.
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"Originally published by New Directions Publishing Corp., New York, in 1941"--Title-page verso.
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Appeared in Publishers Weekly on 2011-11-28:
Luke Daniels's reading of Nabokov's first novel written in English is over emotive and replete with tearful women and awkwardly pronounced French words. But fear not: all is as it should be-Daniels is simply capturing the tone of this classic book in which a budding literary scholar investigates the life of mysterious writer Sebastian Knight. Daniels's narration is clear, engaging, and well paced. His reading reflects the spirit of Nabokov's text, and he offers up a range of accents and voices for the characters, including French dialects that contain more than a hint of Pepe Le Pew in their florid stylizations. There may be shadings and tones of Nabokov's prose that Daniels does not entirely capture, but the comic verve of this audiobook more than makes up for any omissions and provides for thoroughly entertaining listen. A Penguin paperback. (Aug.) (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 The Real Life of Sebastian Knight is a perversely magical literary detective story -- subtle, intricate, leading to a tantalizing climax -- about the mysterious life of a famous writer. Many people knew things about Sebastian Knight as a distinguished novelist, but probably fewer than a dozen knew of the two love affairs that so profoundly influenced his career, the second one in such a disastrous way. After Knight's death, his half brother sets out to penetrate the enigma of his life, starting with a few scanty clues in the novelist's private papers. His search proves to be a story as intriguing as any of his subject's own novels, as baffling, and, in the end, as uniquely rewarding.
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The real Life of Sebastian Knight is a perversely magical literary detective story--subtle, intricate, leading to a tantalizing climax--about the mysterious life of a famous writer.
Table of Contents
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