Laughter In The Dark: Penguin Pocket Classics, Paperback Book

Laughter In The Dark: Penguin Pocket Classics Paperback

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Albinus - rich, married middle-aged and respectable - is an art critic and aspiring filmmaker who lusts after the coquettish young cinema usherette Margot.

Gradually he seduces her and convinces himself he is irresistible to her, but Margot has other plans.

She wants to be a film star, and when Albinus introduces her to the American movie producer Axel Rex, she sees her chance - and plotting, duplicity and tragedy ensue.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
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  • Category: Classic fiction (pre c 1945)
  • ISBN: 9780141186528

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Nabakov perhaps at his most playful - Laughter In the Dark is an exceedingly fanciful but wonderfully lively and accessible novel. A good place I think to start reading him. This preposterous story contains early examples of the dazzling games and word magicianship of Nabakov. This is lighter (in style) and darker (in topic) novel than some of the more demanding Nabakovian reads. Laughter In the Dark starts as a fairy story and so warns us at the outset not to take it too seriously. In Nabakov characters often fall foul of a folly of their own making or of their own weaknesses. Albinus has those in spades.

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