Alfred A. Knopf, 1957 - 143 ページ
One of the best-loved of Nabokov’s novels, Pnin features his funniest and most heart-rending character. Professor Timofey Pnin is a haplessly disoriented Russian émigré precariously employed on an American college campus in the 1950s. Pnin struggles to maintain his dignity through a series of comic and sad misunder-standings, all the while falling victim both to subtle academic conspiracies and to the manipulations of a deliberately unreliable narrator.
Initially an almost grotesquely comic figure, Pnin gradually grows in stature by contrast with those who laugh at him. Whether taking the wrong train to deliver a lecture in a language he has not mastered or throwing a faculty party during which he learns he is losing his job, the gently preposterous hero of this enchanting novel evokes the reader’s deepest protective instinct.
Serialized in The New Yorker and published in book form in 1957, Pnin brought Nabokov both his first National Book Award nomination and hitherto unprecedented popularity.
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Review: Pninユーザー レビュー - Goodreads
Every now and then a book comes to the door that at first you have to look down to see; it seems that small, and unimportant, barely able to reach the door bell. And then, almost without your knowing ...
Review: Pninユーザー レビュー - Neal Adolph - Goodreads
What a sad, wonderful, comic story. It is about Pnin, a Russian immigrant struggling to fit in by adopting America and all of its most hideous post-war middle class cultural features while trying to ... レビュー全文を読む