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By Leona Toker

Vladimir Nabokov defined the literature path he taught at Cornell as "a type of detective research of the secret of literary structures." Leona Toker the following pursues the same research of the enigmatic buildings of Nabokov's personal fiction. in response to Toker, such a lot past critics under pressure both Nabokov’s difficulty with shape or the humanistic aspect of his works, yet hardly if ever the 2 jointly. In delicate and revealing readings of ten novels, Toker demonstrates that the necessity to reconcile the human aspect with aesthetic or metaphysical objectives is a continuing subject of Nabokov’s and that the stress among procedure and content material is itself a key to his fiction. Written with verve and precision, Toker’s ebook starts off with Pnin and follows the round development that's one in all her subject’s personal favourite devices.

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