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By Vladimir Nabokov | Comments: ( 401 ) | Date: ( Feb 22, 2020 )

Spring in Fialta Forgotten poet First love Signs and symbols Assistant producer Aurelian Cloud, castle, lake Conversation piece, 1945 That in Aleppo once Time and ebb Scenes from the life of a double monster Mademoiselle O Lance.

  • Title: Nabokov's Dozen: A Collection of Thirteen Stories‏ (Anchor Literary Library)
  • Author: Vladimir Nabokov
  • ISBN: 9780385191173
  • Page: 228
  • Format: Paperback

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Vladimir Nabokov

Russian .Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov, also known by the pen name Vladimir Sirin, was a Russian American novelist Nabokov wrote his first nine novels in Russian, then rose to international prominence as a master English prose stylist He also made significant contributions to lepidoptery and had an interest in chess problems.Nabokov s Lolita 1955 is frequently cited as his most important novel, and is at any rate his most widely known one, exhibiting the love of intricate wordplay and descriptive detail that characterized all his works.

Comments Nabokov's Dozen: A Collection of Thirteen Stories‏ (Anchor Literary Library)

  • Jim Fonseca

    We all know Nabokov from works such as Lolita and Speak, Memory, but how is he as a short story writer? Excellent of course, although anytime you are presented with 13 stories your reaction to some will be “mixed.” And this collection is a mixed bag in style and quality with short stories, essays, memoirs. One piece, “Lance,” is a work of science fiction about a space traveler. “Cloud, Castle, Lake” is Kafkaesque: a man wins a train trip excursion through Germany and the other travel [...]

  • F

    Liked some more than others.

  • Annelies

    Got the taste for his books now. Ready to read more by Nabokov.

  • Cheryl

    I am fond of it because I feel it in the hollow of those violaceous syllables the sweet dark dampness of the most rumpled of small flowers, and because the alto like name of a lovely Crimean town is echoed by its viola; and also because because there is something in the very somnolence of its humid Lent that especially anoints one's soul. With this story, he made me love the springtime in Fialta. Now I see why critics have argued that this story is Nabokov's lament on a lost love, an extramarita [...]

  • Rachel

    More than anything else, Nabokov writes about words. His best work balances gracefully the referential and other functions of language, so that the text is both a world in itself (with puns, ironies, bot mots, and so on) and a window to the fictional world it describes (with characters, feelings, other ironies, and the like).That's an oversimplification, I know, but the point is this: in reading these stories, I felt like the text was opaque. Each piece was lovely in itself, but that very loveli [...]

  • Mohamed Abdel Mohsen

    Though I found it a little bit hard for me maybe cause' I'm not that into drama this much, but it was fun to read and to explore Nabokov's world. Maybe I'd give it another shot some other time.

  • Perry Whitford

    I half-expected a Nabokovian dozen to contain one less than the norm, but no, I did the old trickster a disservice - like a baker's round dozen, this collection of assorted short stories contains a generous thirteen of the things.The first of them, the tale of a spasmodic affair of stolen moments between two married Russian exiles across twelve years and called 'Spring in Fialta' is simply wonderful, full of the idiosyncratically caressing prose that only Nabokov can conjure up. In sporting parl [...]

  • Martin

    I'm not a guy who plays favourites. Music, art and everything else, my preferences change with my mood and the weather. Ask who my favourite author is though and the answer will be, every time, Vladimir Nabokov.Many of the short stories in this book don't have particularly gripping plots, but at this length they don't really need to. Instead, they exhibit everything that made Nabokov an unparalleled writer; vivid descriptions of people, places, and things which make them spring to life in the re [...]

  • Jeffrey

    Nabokov was a writer's writer; a grand master of the written word. Nowhere else have I seen such concentrated genius (John Banville comes close). I had to cut my reading speed in half to work through the density of this writing; every word perfectly chosen - every scene and character imaginatively described with incredibly insightful and telling detail. As for plot, the author conjures a series of scenes rather than telling a story, though a story does emerge. Of course I liked some of the stori [...]

  • Rebecka

    This collection of short stories is really a collection of masterpieces. So many short stories by other authors are either boring or overly dramatic and lacking in depth. These are all perfect. Every story has its reason for existing, they are all important no matter what topic they focus on, and they are all very impressive. I really love Nabokov for focusing on how horrible human beings are (that would be the red thread of this volume), and for showing it in so many different ways. He is const [...]

  • Jennifer

    My least favorite Nabokov so far. It's not too surprising; I tend to prefer novels to short stories, and these didn't change my mind. This was one of those books where it seemed to gum up my reading: once I'd started it, I wasn't really motivated to keep reading, but I felt guilty not reading it, so I inched along and generally didn't read very much of anything until I finished it unenthusiastically. Now I can read as voraciously as I want again!

  • Kirsty Hughes

    So heavy with words. Which sounds awful coming from someone who claims to love reading, but seriously. This short story has (I think) EIGHT flashbacks. I don't know. It was just too much for me to get into without enough intrigue.

  • Adam

    Oh man. I gave both Pale Fire and Lolita five stars. However, this is a collection of what must be Vladimir Nabokov's worst stories ever. Stay away.

  • Belinda

    I hate to say it, but this collection left me cold. Nabokov's verbosity served great purpose in the novels of his I've read (and adored), but most of these brief narratives buckle under the verbiage.

  • Vel Veeter

    Nabokov wrote a ton. He lost the Nobel Prize in a weird year where two judges essentially gave it to each other, but he is easily one of if not the most important and impressive writers of the 20th century, if not ever. He’s mostly known for Lolita of course, which you should read immediately, and like a lot of author’s whose most (in)famous book overshadows a lot of his career, his other great books and stories get overlooked. He wrote supremely in two very different language and probably c [...]

  • Konstantin

    [rating = B+]I just love Nabokov. There is something to be said about his sense of style and his keen eye. Maybe, he can sometimes (seem) to go a bit too far, but really, in the scheme of the whole story, it is quite necessary. Most of the 13 were wonderful; especially "Scenes from the Life of a Double Monster", "Mademoiselle O", "Conversation Piece, 1945", and "Cloud, Castle, Lake". These particular stories range with a universal truth that was brought into existence by careful and witty observ [...]

  • Jiří Böhm

    Setkání s Nabokovem po bezmála 20 letech. A jsem rád, že nadšení z četby jeho knih či povídek je stále stejné. Je to slast. Podle mě je Nabokov jeden z nejlepších spisovatelů minimálně 20oletí. Jeho popisy zdánlivě nudných okamžiků života, prvních emocinálních vzrušení, lidských charakterů - závidím mu jeho imaginaci a schopnost převést ji do slov a vět. Navíc umí skvěle vystihnout jakýsi intelektuální, sociální i politický kvas, který byl od začá [...]

  • Nick

    What a master. Haunting, evocative stories. His descriptions are more vivid than life. Other writers photograph a scene, Nabakov paints it. My favorites were Signs and Symbols; Cloud, Castle, Lake; That in Aleppo Once; and Madamoiselle O.

  • Simon

    Ultima Thule is probably the worst thing I've read from Nabokov, the embodiment of the quote "They were so preocuppied with the fact that they could, that they didn't stop to think if they should".

  • Courteney Fisher

    Loved this. He's ones of my favourite writers. This is a beautiful short story about chance encounters and adultery. The descriptions packed into this story were just beautiful

  • Zeynep K

    "but then what should i have done with you, nina? how should i have disposed of the store of sadness that had gradually accumulated as a result of our seemingly carefree, but really hopeless meetings?" 22" the incalculable amount of tenderness contained in the world; of the fate of this tenderness, which is either crushed, or wasted, or transformed into madness; of neglected children humming to themselves in unswept corners; of beautiful weeds that cannot hide from the farmer and helplessly have [...]

  • Siv30

    לפעמים החיים הם כמיהה אחת ארוכה לרגע אחד. לנקודה. בכל יום, כשאנו פוקחים עיניים, אנו בעצם מתכווננים ומתכוננים לרגע הזה. חיים עבור אותה נקודה, במלוא היכולת והכוונה, וכשהרגע מגיע, אנחנו פתאום מגלים שבעצם התממשותו השאירה אותנו מרוקנים, חסרים את המוטיבציה שהניעה אותנו לקום בבוקר. ב [...]

  • Taymara Jagmohan

    Absolutely beautiful with its long sentences, almost jaunty in contexts, but always always so beautiful and rich! : )It created a gusto in my heart that marched me quite humanely around the back-tracks of love's canthus. A meeting place I cannot tell you about, but this is a warm, short and delightful read. Those hopeless meetings. Are they truly hopeless? Not at all comrade. Not at all. We all have our days to pick our lessons from, because they are always happening around us, and it seems like [...]

  • Keiren Mac

    I haven't written a review before but think this warrants an exception. This short story showcases all the best things that can be done with the English language. It made me constantly think of Stephen Fry's talk about loving language. The way the words are placed together, the movements required of your tongue to enjoy the sensuous experience of Nabokov's sentences. It seemed that each one was crafted with the care of a most excellent word-smith. The story itself was rich in detail though avoid [...]

  • Chitra Ratnaphongsa

    In spite of him using the term mockingly in the story, I do think that Nabokov really is a "Weaver of Words". But his woven words are never just shiny and mellifluous, they are instead always in service of the story, propelling its heart to pierce the core of your being so the story will always stay with you and haunt you until it eventually becomes a part of you. Spring In Fialta may begin innocently enough, but beware, it is only when you reached the last sentences - far too late - that you re [...]

  • Jay Gabler

    'A great writer is among us,' declares the Milwaukee Journal on the cover of this Popular Library paperback. Damn those Badgers, they got it right. Nabokov could write about his childhood crayon set and it would seem profound. (In fact, he does. And it does.)The sentences that most resonated with me: 'All my life I have been a poor go-to-sleeper. No matter how great my weariness, the wrench of parting with consciousness is unspeakably repulsive to me. I loathe Somnus, that black-masked headman b [...]

  • Patti

    I just love Nabakov's command of prose. He can take the smallest action and describe it in such detail that you are reminded of doing those things, and being in those places yourself, and feeling exactly the same way. These short stories were all well written and very diverse, my favorites were "The Aurelian", "Signs and Symbols", "That in Aleppo Once", and "Mademoiselle O".

  • Laura Zeng

    "Spring in Fialta" was good, as was "The Aurelian" and "Cloud, Castle, Lake", but I found a lot of these to be dull, and almost willfully abstruse in comparison to his better stuff. I understand that obscurity and complexity is a staple of his works, but I found some of these to be a little bit over the top.

  • Ashley Memory

    Every aspiring short story writer should read this gem. It's a beautiful story with a flawless execution. How someone with a native language other than English could have written this is more proof of Nabokov's towering genius.

  • Em

    Normally I hate short stories. It takes an absolute master for the form for me to actually want to read them; for me to become engrossed in the intimate details and miniature world established in only a few pages. That's Nabokov.

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