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Original of Laura

ISBN-10: 0307271897

ISBN-13: 9780307271891

Edition: 2009

Authors: Vladimir Nabokov, Dmitri Nabokov

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At last: Vladimir Nabokov's final and unfinished novel, in printthirty years after his death, years in which the fate ofThe Original of Laurawas in constant and closely watched question. When Nabokov died in 1977, he left instructions for his heirs to burn the 138 handwritten index cards that made up the rough draft ofThe Original of Laura. But Nabokov's wife, Vera, couldn't bear to destroy her husband's last work, and when she died, the fate of the manuscript fell to her son. Dmitri Nabokov, now seventy-four the Russian novelist's only surviving heir, and translator of many of his bookshas struggled for decades with the decision of whether to honor his father's wish or preserve for posterity the last piece of writing of one of the greatest writers of the twentieth century. His decision finally to allow publication will be passionately welcomed by both scholars and general readers. And the ingenious format of the book (which includes removable facsimiles of the index cards) will make an even more extraordinary occasion of this publishing event. In its fragmented narrativedark yet playful, preoccupied with mortalitywe are given one last experience of a writer's unparalleled creativity, a glimpse of his last days, and a body of work finding its apotheosis.
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Book details

List price: $42.00
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/17/2009
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 304
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.75" long x 1.75" tall
Weight: 2.750
Language: English

Vladimir Vladimirovich Nobokov was born April 22, 1899 in St. Petersburg, Russia to a wealthy family. He attended Trinity College, Cambridge. When he left Russia, he moved to Paris and eventually to the United States in 1940. He taught at Wellesley College and Cornell University. Nobokov is revered as one of the great American novelists of the 20th Century. Before he moved to the United States, he wrote under the pseudonym Vladimir Serin. Among those titles, were Mashenka, his first novel and Invitation to a Beheading. The first book he wrote in English was The Real Life of Sebastian Knight. He is best know for his work Lolita which was made into a movie in 1962. In addition to novels, he also wrote poetry and short stories. Nabokov died July 2, 1977.