Wry, intelligent and moving, Pnin reveals the absurd and affecting story of one man in exile.
- Paperback | 176 pages
- 128 x 196 x 14mm | 180g
- 01 May 2010
- Penguin Books Ltd
- PENGUIN CLASSICS
- London, United Kingdom
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Initially an almost grotesquely comic figure, Pnin gradually grows in stature by contrast with those who laugh at him. Whether taking the wrong train to deliver a lecture in a language he has not mastered or throwing a faculty party during which he learns he is losing his job, the gently preposterous hero of this enchanting novel evokes the reader's deepest protective instinct.
Serialized in "The New Yorker and published in book form in 1957, PNIN" brought Nabokov both his first National Book Award nomination and hitherto unprecedented popularity.
""Pnin"'s vita, though its essence is saintliness, is yet a work of brilliant magic and fabulous laughter." -"The New Republic "
"Fun and satire are just the beginning of the rewards of this novel. Generous, bewildered Pnin, that most kindly and impractical of men, wins our affection and respect." -"Chicago Tribune
"Nabokov can move you to laughter in the way the masters can-to laughter that is near to tears." -"The Guardian"
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