By Vladimir Nabokov
(Book Jacket prestige: Jacketed)
One of the best-loved of Nabokov’s novels, Pnin beneficial properties his funniest and such a lot heart-rending personality. Professor Timofey Pnin is a haplessly disoriented Russian émigré precariously hired on an American collage campus within the Fifties. Pnin struggles to take care of his dignity via a chain of comedian and unhappy misunder-standings, the entire whereas falling sufferer either to refined educational conspiracies and to the manipulations of a intentionally unreliable narrator.
Initially a nearly grotesquely comedian determine, Pnin steadily grows in stature against this with those that chortle at him. even if taking the inaccurate educate to carry a lecture in a language he has now not mastered or throwing a school get together within which he learns he's wasting his task, the lightly preposterous hero of this spell binding novel inspires the reader’s private protecting intuition.
Serialized in The New Yorker and released in e-book shape in 1957, Pnin introduced Nabokov either his first nationwide ebook Award nomination and hitherto unparalleled reputation.
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Extra resources for Pnin (Everyman's Library Classics & Contemporary Classics)
Gravely, comfortably, the grey-headed conductor sank into the opposite seat and consulted in silence a tattered book full of dog-eared insertions. 08, Pnin would have to get off at Whitchurch; this would enable him to catch the four o'clock bus that would deposit him, around six, at Cremona. 'I was thinking I gained twelve minutes, and now I have lost nearly two whole hours,' said Pnin bitterly. Upon which, clearing his throat and ignoring the consolation offered by the kind grey-head ('You'll make it'), he took off his reading glasses, collected his stone-heavy bag, and repaired to the vestibule of the car so as to wait there for the confused greenery skimming by to be cancelled and replaced by the definite station he had in mind.
In order to explain my poor friend's abject excitement one evening in the middle of term--when he received a certain telegram and then paced his room for at least forty minutes--it should be stated that Pnin had not always been single. The Clementses were playing Chinese chequers among the reflections of a comfortable fire when Pnin came clattering downstairs, slipped, and almost fell at their feet like a supplicant in some ancient city full of injustice, but retrieved his balance--only to crash into the poker and tongs.
You will be a reformed man like I,' cried Pnin. It should be said for both Laurence and Joan that rather soon they began to appreciate Pnin at his unique Pninian worth, and this despite the fact that he was more of a poltergeist than a lodger. He did something fatal to his new heater and gloomily said never mind, it would soon be spring now. He had an irritating way of standing on the landing and assiduously brushing his clothes there, the brush clinking against the buttons, for at least five minutes every blessed morning.