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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 an analogous research of the enigmatic constructions of Nabokov's personal fiction. in response to Toker, such a lot prior critics under pressure both Nabokov’s drawback with shape or the humanistic aspect of his works, yet not often if ever the 2 jointly. In delicate and revealing readings of ten novels, Toker demonstrates that the necessity to reconcile the human point with aesthetic or metaphysical goals is a continuing subject of Nabokov’s and that the stress among process 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 trend that's one in every of her subject’s personal preferred devices.

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