The Original of Laura: (Dying is Fun) a Novel in Fragments - Vladimir Nabokov; Dmitri Nabokov; | Foyles Bookstore
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The Original of Laura: (Dying is Fun) a Novel in Fragments
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The Original of Laura: (Dying is Fun) a Novel in Fragments (Hardback)

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This legendary novel has been the source of much anxiety and contention for Nabokov's fans - and family. The late Vladimir Nabokov requested that this unfinished work be destroyed, but his son, Dmitri, did not oblige, although neither did he allow the work to be published - until now. "The Original of Laura" is about a wonderfully large man called Philip Wild, married to a very promiscuous woman, and whose meditations concern the nature of death. The novel was complete in Nabokov's mind, though he died before he could translate his vision on to paper. It is hard, however, to imagine any scholars, Nabokov enthusiasts or literature lovers being disappointed by even these fragments.

Fiction & PoetryModern & contemporary fiction post c 1945 Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd Publication Date: 17/11/2009 ISBN-13: 9780141191157  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Vladimir Nabokov (1899-1977) was born in St Petersburg. He wrote his first literary works in Russian, but rose to international prominence as a masterly prose stylist for the novels he composed in English, most famously Lolita. Between 1923 and 1940 he published novels, short stories, plays, poems and translations in the Russian language and established himself as one of the most outstanding Russian emigre writers. Dmitri Nabokov is Vladimir Nabokov's son.

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Because my friend Chip Kidd designed this book, I had the unsettling experience of getting to read the posthumous, incomplete manuscript in illegal bootleg copy a year before it was published, and I found it one of the strangest literary experiences of my life. I'm still convinced that Nabokov, had he finished this book, would have so powerfully induced a sense of death and obliteration in the reader it might have actually caused injury in some. As it was, I felt icily feverish while reading it, my extremities going cold and translucent along with Nabokov's vanishing paragraphs, sentences, words and "characters."

Chris  Ware - 02/10/2012

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