Pale Fire

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Pale Fire by Vladimir Nabokov Summary

A novel constructed around the last great poem of a fictional American poet, John Shade, and an account of his death. The poem appears in full and the narrative develops through the lengthy, and increasingly eccentric, notes by his posthumous editor.

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Pale Fire by Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov Summary

A 999 line poem in heroic couplets, divided into 4 cantos, was composed--according to Nabokov's fiction--by John Francis Shade, an obsessively methodical man, during the last 20 days of his life.

Nabokov's "Pale Fire"

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Nabokov's "Pale Fire" by Brian Boyd Summary

Pale Fire is regarded by many as Vladimir Nabokov's masterpiece. The novel has been hailed as one of the most striking early examples of postmodernism and has become a famous test case for theories about reading because of the apparent impossibility of deciding between several radically different interpretations. Does the book have two narrators, as it first appears, or one? How much is fantasy and how much is reality? Whose fantasy and whose reality are they? Brian Boyd, Nabokov's biographer and hitherto the foremost proponent of the idea that Pale Fire has one narrator, John Shade, now rejects this position and presents a new and startlingly different solution that will permanently shift the nature of critical debate on the novel. Boyd argues that the book does indeed have two narrators, Shade and Charles Kinbote, but reveals that Kinbote had some strange and highly surprising help in writing his sections. In light of this interpretation, Pale Fire now looks distinctly less postmodern--and more interesting than ever. In presenting his arguments, Boyd shows how Nabokov designed Pale Fire for readers to make surprising discoveries on a first reading and even more surprising discoveries on subsequent readings by following carefully prepared clues within the novel. Boyd leads the reader step-by-step through the book, gradually revealing the profound relationship between Nabokov's ethics, aesthetics, epistemology, and metaphysics. If Nabokov has generously planned the novel to be accessible on a first reading and yet to incorporate successive vistas of surprise, Boyd argues, it is because he thinks a deep generosity lies behind the inexhaustibility, complexity, and mystery of the world. Boyd also shows how Nabokov's interest in discovery springs in part from his work as a scientist and scholar, and draws comparisons between the processes of readerly and scientific discovery. This is a profound, provocative, and compelling reinterpretation of one of the greatest novels of the twentieth century.

Feu pâle

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Feu pâle by Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov Summary

La 4ème de couv. indique :"Cette oeuvre - faut-il dire centaure ou sirène -, oeuvre mi-prose, mi-poème, est une création d'une beauté, d'une originalité parfaites : offrant tout à la fois la symétrie, la singularité et la vérité morale. On y peut voir un objet de curiosité. Ce n'en est pas moins une des plus grandes oeuvres d'art de ce temps : le roman moderne que nous croyions mort et qui n'était qu'endormi."

Pale Fire by Vladimir Nabokov (Book Analysis)

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Pale Fire by Vladimir Nabokov (Book Analysis) by Bright Summaries Summary

Unlock the more straightforward side of Pale Fire with this concise and insightful summary and analysis! This engaging summary presents an analysis of Pale Fire by Vladimir Nabokov. The book takes its name from a 999-line poem by the celebrated American poet John Shade, which is accompanied by a lengthy commentary by his editor Charles Kinbote. After Shade’s untimely death, Kinbote contrives to secure the rights to edit the poem from his widow, but much of the commentary that follows is focused on his own preoccupations and paranoia, particularly with regard to his homeland of Zembla. The resulting work is a brilliant piece of metafiction which showcases Nabokov’s mastery of style and form and leaves the reader continually unsure of Kinbote’s true identity and relationship to John Shade. Find out everything you need to know about Pale Fire in a fraction of the time! This in-depth and informative reading guide brings you: • A complete plot summary • Character studies • Key themes and symbols • Questions for further reflection Why choose BrightSummaries.com? Available in print and digital format, our publications are designed to accompany you on your reading journey. The clear and concise style makes for easy understanding, providing the perfect opportunity to improve your literary knowledge in no time. See the very best of literature in a whole new light with BrightSummaries.com!

Stalking Nabokov

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Stalking Nabokov by Brian Boyd Summary

At the age of twenty-one, Brian Boyd wrote a thesis on Vladimir Nabokov that the famous author called "brilliant." After gaining exclusive access to the writer's archives, he wrote a two-part, award-winning biography, Vladimir Nabokov: The Russian Years (1990) and Vladimir Nabokov: The American Years (1991). This collection features essays written by Boyd since completing the biography, incorporating material he gleaned from his research as well as new discoveries and formulations. Boyd confronts Nabokov's life, career, and legacy; his art, science, and thought; his subtle humor and puzzle-like storytelling; his complex psychological portraits; and his inheritance from, reworking of, and affinities with Shakespeare, Pushkin, Tolstoy, and Machado de Assis. Boyd offers new ways of reading Nabokov's best English-language works: Lolita, Pale Fire, Ada, and the unparalleled autobiography, Speak, Memory, and he discloses otherwise unknown information about the author's world. Sharing his personal reflections, Boyd recounts the adventures, hardships, and revelations of researching Nabokov's biography and his unusual finds in the archives, including materials still awaiting publication. The first to focus on Nabokov's metaphysics, Boyd cautions against their being used as the key to unlock all of the author's secrets, showing instead the many other rooms in Nabokov's castle of fiction that need exploring, such as his humor, narrative invention, and psychological insight into characters and readers alike. Appreciating Nabokov as novelist, memoirist, poet, translator, scientist, and individual, Boyd helps us understand more than ever the author's multifaceted genius.

Crystal Land; Artifice in Nabokov's English Novels

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Crystal Land; Artifice in Nabokov's English Novels by Julia Bader Summary

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Palefire

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Palefire by M. K. Reed Summary

Everyone hates Dwayne, the firebug, the bad boy trouble follows everywhere. Alison finds a warmth to Dwayne, a spark everyone's missing. Alison knows what she's doing, but after tonight's fireworks, she'll find out who knows best. Can Alison play with fire without getting burned? Palefire, the first collaboration between writer MK Reed and artist Farel Dalrymple, takes us back to high school for a hot date to the party of the year. When you're not a girl, and not yet a woman, the last thing you want is advice. The road to hell may be paved with good intentions, but everyone deserves a second chance--even if it goes up in flames. Farel Dalrympleis the author of theNew York Timesbestseller,The Wrenchies(First Second). He has also collaborated with author Jonathan Lethem (Motherless Brooklyn,The Fortress of Solitude) onOmega the Unknown(Marvel Comics). His comic,Pop Gun War, was a Xeric Grant recipient and gold medal winner from the Society of Illustrators. He is a co-founder of the comic anthology,Meathaus. MK Reedis the author of the graphic novelsAmericus andThe Cute Girl Network(First Second). Her work can be found in anthologies likePapercutter,The Big Feminist But, and the Swedish magazineGalago.Americuswas the winner of NAIBA's 2012 Carla Cohen Free Speech Award and was a 2011 American Booksellers for Children's New Voices title.

Vladimir Nabokov

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Vladimir Nabokov by Norman Page Summary

This set comprises of 40 volumes covering nineteenth and twentieth century European and American authors. These volumes will be available as a complete set, mini boxed sets (by theme) or as individual volumes. This second set compliments the first 68 volume set of Critical Heritage published by Routledge in October 1995.