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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,021 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Vladimir Nabokov Narrator: Luke Daniel Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The Real Life of Sebastian Knight, the first novel Nabokov wrote in English, is a tantalizing literary mystery in which a writer’s half brother searches to unravel the enigma of the life of the famous author of Albinos in Black, The Back of the Moon, and Doubtful Asphodel. A characteristically cunning play on identity and deception, the novel concludes “ I am Sebastian, or Sebastian is I, or perhaps we both are someone whom neither of us knows.” 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. “Witty and sad at the same time. Profound and dazzling." — Chicago Sun-Times Download and start listening now!


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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Matt | 2/15/2014

    " I finished reading this over a week ago, I'm a little in the dark on remembering much of it. I know that doesn't bode well for the book, or at least my reading of it, maybe. The book was good, I see why it gets all those literary recommendations as the word play is fun. Were I got lost, as in a 'who gives a shit' kind of way, is when the chapters turned into a rebuttal of other books on the life of Sebastian Knight. What glowed in the book was when the writer told stories, you felt the cold of Russia and the living with his brother. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Hamish | 1/31/2014

    " As soon as I was done I wanted to start reading it again, to pick up on all the little clues and puzzles that would make more sense the second time around. I think that's a pretty high recommendation. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by George | 1/26/2014

    " The first english language novel by VN. overlooked but overwhelming moving. smokers beware! I read it when i was still smoking - final pages will stay with you like a horrible (yet true) dream. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by H. | 1/21/2014

    " This is probably the lightest of the Nabokov books I've read. It's fun and distorted as usual. It's also touching and there's a bit of Nabokov's love for Sherlock Holmes in it. A strange mystery novel. "

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