Pnin, Paperback Book
4.5 out of 5 (3 ratings)


Professor Timofey Pnin, late of Tsarist Russia, is now precariously perched at the heart of an American campus.

Battling with American life and language, Pnin must face great hazards in this new world: the ruination of his beautiful lumber-room-as-office; the removal of his teeth and the fitting of new ones; the search for a suitable boarding house; and the trials of taking the wrong train to deliver a lecture in a language he has yet to master.Wry, intelligent and moving, Pnin reveals the absurd and affecting story of one man in exile.


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Nabakov's supreme skill means that he can treat the novel in whatever way he wants. In Pnin he is in jocular mood. Professor Timofey Pnin is an engaging bumbling emigre with a nemesis who is narrating the story. What to believe? Is Nabakov a Russian or American writer? Pnin insists on a spherical football for his ex-wife's teenage son's gift from the sports shop - surely Pnin imagines him a Torpedo Moscow fan! A slim work that can be a bit less daunting than some of Nabakov's longer tomes.

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A humorous and ultimately poignant tale of a Russian emigre academic struggling to come to terms with life in America.

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Very funny and yet so sad.

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