Pale Fire by Vladimir Nabokov

Vladimir Naboko held the unique distinction of being one of the most important writers of the twentieth century in two separate languages, Russian and English. Known for his verbal mastery and bold plots, Nabokov fashioned a literary legacy that continues to grow in significance.

In Pale Fire (1962), Nabokov ( offers a cornucopia of deceptive pleasures: a 999-line poem by the reclusive genius John Shade; an adoring foreword and commentary by Shade’s self-styled Boswell, Dr. Charles Kinbote; a darkly comic novel of suspense, literary idolatry, one-upmanship, and political intrigue. It is a creation of perfect beauty, symmetry, strangeness, originality and moral truth. Please do read this.

To follow an interest in Vladimir Nabokov go to Julian W. Connolly The Cambridge Companion to Nabokov (2005, Cambridge Companions to Literature) (

This Cambridge Companion volume offers a concise and informative introduction into the author’s fascinating creative world. Specially commissioned essays by distinguished scholars illuminate numerous facets of the writer’s legacy, from his early contributions as a poet and short-story writer to his dazzling achievements as one of the most original novelists of the twentieth century. Topics receiving fresh coverage include Nabokov’s narrative strategies, the evolution of his world-view, and his relationship to the literary and cultural currents of his day. The volume also contains valuable supplementary material such as a chronology of the writer’s life and a guide to further critical reading.

Pale Fire was first published in 1962.

256 pages in Penguin Modern Classics paperback edition

ISBN 978-0141185262

Vladimir Nabokov

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