The Defense by Vladimir Nabokov ; translated by Michael Scammell
New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1964. Hardcover. 256 pages ; 21 cm. $5.00 dust jacket that is in tattered condition. Very good copy; no underlines or markings within the pages. Satisfaction guaranteed!
A Novel by VLADIMIR NABOKOV
A brilliant novel by the author whose recent Pale Fire Mary McCarthy called "one of the very great works of art of this century," THE DEFENSE is the tragic story of a man destroyed by his own genius and of the hopeless efforts of the wife who loves him to save him from himself.
The world Mr. Nabokov has created for his hero in THE DEFENSE is one which cuts him loose from the everyday reality that surrounds him. It is one in which elements of fantasy abound, as they do in the several fictional worlds which Mr. Nabokov has created previously. And yet, the ambiance in which his hero, Luzhin, moves is, in its final essence, all too true to life.
THE DEFENSE again shows Vladimir Nabokov's virtuosity as a writer —a virtuosity applauded by critics as much in his Russian novels, such as The Gift, as it is in his English novels such as Pale Fire and Lolita. THE DEFENSE provides additional evidence, if indeed ample did not already exist, that Vladimir Nabokov is the most versatile and accomplished writer at work in the world today.
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