By Vladimir Nabokov
Published weeks after his 70th birthday, Ada, or Ardor is one among Nabokov's maximum masterpieces, the wonderful end result of his profession as a novelist. It tells a love tale bothered by way of incest. But extra: it's also right away a fairy story, epic, philosophical treatise at the nature of time, parody of the historical past of the radical, and erotic catalogue. Ada, or Ardor isn't any lower than the ideally suited paintings of an mind's eye at white heat.
This is the 1st American version to incorporate the broad and ingeniously sardonic appendix through the writer, written below the anagrammatic pseudonym Vivian Darkbloom.
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