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By Vladimir Nabokov
In faded hearth Nabokov deals a cornucopia of misleading pleasures: a 999-line poem via the reclusive genius John colour; an adoring foreword and remark via Shade's self-styled Boswell, Dr. Charles Kinbote; a darkly comedian novel of suspense, literary idolatry and one-upmanship, and political intrigue.
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