(Book Jacket Status: Jacketed)One of the best-loved of Nabokov’s novels, Pnin features his funniest and most heart-rending character. Professor Timofey Pnin is a haplessly disoriented Russian émigré precariously employed on an American college campus in the 1950s. Pnin struggles to maintain his... show more
(Book Jacket Status: Jacketed)One of the best-loved of Nabokov’s novels, Pnin features his funniest and most heart-rending character. Professor Timofey Pnin is a haplessly disoriented Russian émigré precariously employed on an American college campus in the 1950s. Pnin struggles to maintain his dignity through a series of comic and sad misunder-standings, all the while falling victim both to subtle academic conspiracies and to the manipulations of a deliberately unreliable narrator. 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.
Publish date: April 6th 2004
Publisher: Everyman's Library
Pages no: 143
Edition language: English
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, Literary Fiction
, 20th Century
, Russian Literature
Timofey Pnin is a Russian who fled from the wars during the first half of the 20th century. First to Europe, then to the US. He has a community of like-minded men and women around the globe, many of whom he knew (or knew of) in Russia.His marriage collapsed when his wife found another man—and she us...
I don't reread books often as a rule. But I reread this one almost once a year with startling regularity. Though it lacks the famous Nabokovian puzzle structure of Pale Fire or the intense psychological horrors & delights of Lolita, Pnin is my favourite of his works. This book is Nabokov at his most...
Pnin, profesor Pnin. Żyje sobie w swoim pninowskim świecie, który lekko odbiega od otaczającej go rzeczywistości. Jest niezdarny, łatwowierny i niekoniecznie przez to uroczy, ale jest w nim coś, co powoduje, że staje się naszym faworytem i to jemu kibicujemy. Od samego początku darzymy go sympatią z...
A feast of language and humour. Nabokov feels every pea under innumerable mattresses, and makes us share in his delicious sensitivity. Pnin is a tissue of stereotypes, so cunningly fashioned that like a true human he transcends them all, inhabiting his rich identity with warmth, vigour and exasperat...
This is my third book by Nabakov. I had heard that it really formed a set with Lolita and Pale Fire and addressed similar themes.It does do that but not as well as the other two books. It also is about the difference between appearance and reality. Pnin at first appears to be a buffoon but he is ...