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Lev Ganin is a young officer sharing a boarding house in Berlin with a host of Russian emigres. Alone in his room, he dreams of his first love, Mary. Awash with memories of youth and idyllic scenes of pre-Revolution Russia, Ganin becomes convinced that Mary is in fact the wife of a fellow-boarder, due to arrive at this very house soon. He longs for her arrival, when he can whisk her away and leave everything behind ...
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Product details

  • Hardback | 160 pages
  • 120 x 192 x 20mm | 258.55g
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0141196912
  • 9780141196916
  • 10,318

About Vladimir Nabokov

Vladimir Nabokov (1899-1977) was one of the great writers of the twentieth century, as well as a translator and lepidopterist. His works include, from the Russian novels, The Luzhin Defense and The Gift; from the English novels, Lolita, Pnin, Pale Fire and Ada; the autobiographical Speak, Memory; translations of Alice in Wonderland into Russian and Eugene Onegin into English; and lectures on literature. All of the fiction and Speak, Memory are published in Penguin.
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He did us all an honour by electing to use, and transform, our language. -- Anthony Burgess Nabokov can move you to laughter in the way that masters can - to laughter that is near to tears * The Guardian *
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