Transparent Things

Transparent Things

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The darkly comic Transparent Things, one of Nabokov's final books, traces the bleak life of Hugh Person through murder, madness, prison and trips to Switzerland. One of these was the last journey his father ever took; on another, having been sent to ingratiate himself with a distinguished novelist, he met his future wife. Nabokov's brilliant short novel sinks into the transparent things of the world that surround this one Person, to the silent histories they carry.Remarkable even in Nabokov's work for its depth and lyricism, Transparent Things is a small, experimental marvel of memories and dreams, both sentimental and malign.Part of a major new beautiful hardback series of the works of Vladimir Nabokov, author of Lolita and Pale Fire, in Penguin Classics.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 144 pages
  • 124 x 192 x 18mm | 158.76g
  • PENGUIN CLASSICS
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0141197145
  • 9780141197142
  • 735,168

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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Mysterious, sinister and beautifully melancholic -- Martin Amis
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2,559 ratings
3.71 out of 5 stars
5 22% (563)
4 39% (989)
3 30% (767)
2 8% (207)
1 1% (33)
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