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  Exiles in a small world | By genre | Guardian Unlimited Books
But what links Nabokov to Pnin most strongly is that they are both exiles with painfully nostalgic memories of pre-revolutionary Russia and an inveterate hatred of and contempt for the communist regime that deprived them of their birthright.
Pnin is Nabokov as he might have been in American exile if he had not possessed a mastery of the English language, a supportive and cherished wife, and the resource of literary creativity - a quaint, eccentric, rather sad figure, doomed never to understand fully the society in which he finds himself.
In consequence, when Pnin was published Nabokov already enjoyed a kind of celebrity in America as the author of a highly controversial but generally unobtainable novel, variously described as a masterpiece and a piece of pornography.
books.guardian.co.uk /departments/classics/story/0,6000,1211718,00.html   (2308 words)

  
 a resolved discord   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-27)
The only one to have been serialized in large part,1 Pnin as a book has been regarded by many, beginning with a baffled publisher who had turned down its manuscript, as a string of more or less detachable story-length episodes, never really congealing into a "novel" (as the term is loosely received).
"Pnin is as complicated as a pet snake," notes Charles Nicol,12 and this simile appears to be most fortunate, for the book's linear design suummet rodit in a sense, bites its own tail (or the shadow of a tail).
The very first paragraph of Pnin introduces the hero riding on a (wrong) train to a small town to give a lecture; at the end of the chapter, he is left standing at the lectern, the last of his after-seizure ephemera gradually fading.
www.libraries.psu.edu /nabokov/barab21.htm   (1714 words)

  
 Borzoi Reader | Catalog | Pnin by Vladimir Nabokov
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.
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.
www.randomhouse.com /knopf/catalog/display.pperl?isbn=9781400041985   (533 words)

  
 Amazon.com: Pnin: Books: Vladimir Nabokov   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-27)
Pnin is a Russian instructor at a college, and, due to his solitary existence and his failure to grasp the subtleties of English, he has become a running joke to most of his colleagues.
Pnin is ethical, generous and forgiving as well as fussy, picky and more than a little strange; he's perhaps the most sympathetic character Nabokov ever made.
PNIN must surely be one of the most gentle, merry, sad, and clever books in the English language today.
www.amazon.com /Pnin-Vladimir-Nabokov/dp/0679723412   (1677 words)

  
 Amazon.co.uk: Pnin (Penguin Modern Classics): Books: Vladimir Nabokov   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-27)
Pnin is a wonderful exploration of 1950s America set against a backdrop of `corporate' academia in leafy, prosperous suburbia.
Pnin bumbles along, worrying about a possible heart condition and interacting in an almost perpetually perplexed manner with fellow academics and fellow Russian émigrés.
Pnin however has a history and Nabokov provides enlightening and sensitive accounts of his life prior to arriving in the US and past loves.
www.amazon.co.uk /Penguin-Modern-Classics-Vladimir-Nabokov/dp/0141183756   (1138 words)

  
 Standard Fiction - Nabokov/Pnin  -  Bentley Publishers - Automotive Books and Repair Manuals   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-27)
"...I read Pnin [pronounced "P'neen"] on a train and laughed loudly all through the journey.
This is not to say that the book is funny; it is much too fine for this...I think it is a splendid book." -John Cheever
"Pnin himself is one of the most attractive characters in literature." -Randall Jarrell
www.linnaean.com /product.htm?code=3nap   (221 words)

  
 Powell's Books - Pnin by Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov
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Pnin is a professor of Russian at an American college who takes the wrong train to deliver a lecture in a language he cannot master.
www.powells.com /biblio?isbn=9780679723417   (296 words)

  
  Pynchon - Biographical Sketch
Did you ever start your day merrily in the afternoon with a plate of spaghetti and a soft drink, a book on quantum mechanics at your side?
He was at college, his alma mater being Cornell, where he learned of Lolita and Pnin from that master of expatriated melancholy, Vladimir Nabokov.
To his teacher, he was naught but a pale fire which did not burn brightly, remembered only by the professor's wife because of his "unusual handwriting: half printing, half script." He'd moved from Engineering to the College of Arts and Sciences (what price the study of Physics?!
www.themodernword.com /pynchon/pynchon_biography.html   (4438 words)

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