By Vladimir Nabokov
(Vintage Books USA, Paperback, 9780679723417, 191pp.)
Publication Date: June 18, 1989
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Pnin is a professor of Russian at an American college who takes the wrong train to deliver a lecture in a language he cannot master. Pnin is a tireless lover who writes to his treacherous Liza: "A genius needs to keep so much in store, and thus cannot offer you the whole of himself as I do." Pnin is the focal point of subtle academic conspiracies he cannot begin to comprehend, yet he stages a faculty party to end all faculty parties forever.
"Nabokov writes prose the only way it should be written, that is, ecstatically." -- John Updike