The Original of Laura

The Original of Laura : (Dying Is Fun) A Novel in Fragments

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This legendary novel has been the source of much anxiety and contention for Nabokov's fans - and family. The late Vladimir Nabokov requested that this unfinished work be destroyed, but his son, Dmitri, did not oblige, although neither did he allow the work to be published - until now. "The Original of Laura" is about a wonderfully large man called Philip Wild, married to a very promiscuous woman, and whose meditations concern the nature of death. The novel was complete in Nabokov's mind, though he died before he could translate his vision on to paper. It is hard, however, to imagine any scholars, Nabokov enthusiasts or literature lovers being disappointed by even these fragments.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 304 pages
  • 168 x 242 x 46mm | 1,260.98g
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • w. numerous col. facs.
  • 0141191155
  • 9780141191157
  • 270,734

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There are forty sentences alone that make this volume worth having. Ian McEwan 20091117 This edition is a triumph of the book maker's art... The Original of Laura is magic right through, from the dust jacket, in sideways-fading white on black with just the merest flicks of gules, past the cloth cover that reproduces the last words of Nabokov the novelist, to the heavy gray pages divided between, on the top half, photographic reproductions of the 138 file cards, front and back, and, on the bottom half, the text in print, including misspellings, slips of the pen, blank spaces, all... the book is deeply interesting. John Banville, Bookforum It's like seeing an unfinished Michelangelo sculpture--one of those rough, half-formed giants straining to step out of its marble block. It's even more powerful, to a different part of the brain, than the polish of a David or a Lolita. New York magazine ..."Laura" will beckon and beguile Nabokov fans, who will find many of the author's perennial themes and obsessions percolating. The New York Times ...this tantalizing, fascinating, occasionally perplexing manuscript. Pity he didn't get to finish it. Fortunate we get to see it at all. The Christian Science Monitor What literary news could be more thrilling? Robert McCrum, The Observer There are enough Nabokovian tantalize any devotee of the English language. James Marcus, The Los Angeles Times
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About Vladimir Nabokov

Vladimir Nabokov (1899-1977) was born in St Petersburg. He wrote his first literary works in Russian, but rose to international prominence as a masterly prose stylist for the novels he composed in English, most famously Lolita. Between 1923 and 1940 he published novels, short stories, plays, poems and translations in the Russian language and established himself as one of the most outstanding Russian emigre writers. Dmitri Nabokov is Vladimir Nabokov's son.
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