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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,239 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Vladimir Nabokov Narrator: Stefan Rudnicki Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The Gift is the last of the novels Nabokov wrote in his native language and the crowning achievement of that period in his literary career. It is also his ode to Russian literature, evoking the works of Pushkin, Gogol, and others in the course of its narrative: the story of Fyodor Godunov-Cherdyntsev, an impoverished émigré poet living in Berlin, who dreams of the book he will someday write — a book very much like The Gift itself. One of the twentieth century’s master prose stylists, Vladimir Nabokov was born in St. Petersburg in 1899. He studied French and Russian literature at Trinity College, Cambridge, then lived in Berlin and Paris, where he launched a brilliant literary career. In 1940 he moved to the United States, and achieved renown as a novelist, poet, critic, and translator. He taught literature at Wellesley, Stanford, Cornell, and Harvard. In 1961 he moved to Montreux, Switzerland, where he died in 1977. “Nabokov writes prose the only way it should be written, that is, ecstatically.” — John Updike

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Elizabeth | 2/14/2014

    " Brilliant, layered - the best for me is the contrast between the idyllic remembered childhood (a sensual memory like no other), and the historical sort-of novel within the novel, about Chernyshevsky. Of course it's Nabokov's way of confronting the Soviet Russia that had mysteriously replaced the land of his memory. Maybe the pinnacle of Nabokov. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Danica | 2/3/2014

    " major wtf but gorgeous all the same "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Whitney | 1/26/2014

    " Wildly uneven and hard to follow. Only slightly redeemed by some lovely sections. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Manday | 1/24/2014

    " Not my favorite Nabokov, but definitely worth the read for fans. It really is "out there" in a wonderful way. Lots of weird, nontraditional bits in it. Like where it jumps to a nonfiction book the main character wrote for 100 pages.... and even that is not quite what it seems. "

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