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The Original of Laura (Mint First Edition)

Vladimir Nabokov (author); Dmitri Nabokov (editor)

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ISBN 10: 0307592758 / ISBN 13: 9780307592750
Published by Knopf, 2009
New Condition: New Hardcover
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NEW YORK: Knopf [2009]. First edition. First printing. Hardbound. NEW/NEW. A pristine unread copy. Purchased new and never opened. Defect-free, smoke-free, etc. Shipped in sturdy box. When Vladimir Nabokov died in 1977, he left instructions for his heirs to burn the 138 handwritten index cards that made up the rough draft of his final and unfinished novel, The Original of Laura. Nabokovís wife, Vera, could not bear to destroy her husbandís last work, and when she died, the manuscript fell to her son, Dmitri Nabokov, who edited the book for publication. A unique design: photos of the handwritten index cards accompany the text. They are perforated and can be removed and rearranged, as the author likely did when he was writing the novel. This copy is mint. You cannot find a better copy. Bookseller Inventory # 06-2012-12

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Title: The Original of Laura (Mint First Edition)

Publisher: Knopf

Publication Date: 2009

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:New

Dust Jacket Condition: New

Edition: 1st Edition.

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When Vladimir Nabokov died in 1977, he left instructions for his heirs to burn the 138 handwritten index cards that made up the rough draft of his final and unfinished novel, The Original of Laura. But Nabokov’s wife, Vera, could not bear to destroy her husband’s last work, and when she died, the fate of the manuscript fell to her son. Dmitri Nabokov, now seventy-five—the Russian novelist’s only surviving heir, and translator of many of his books—has wrestled for three decades with the decision of whether to honor his father’s wish or preserve for posterity the last piece of writing of one of the greatest writers of the twentieth century. His decision finally to allow publication of the fragmented narrative—dark yet playful, preoccupied with mortality—affords us one last experience of Nabokov’s magnificent creativity, the quintessence of his unparalleled body of work.

Photos of the handwritten index cards accompany the text. They are perforated and can be removed and rearranged, as the author likely did when he was writing the novel.
From the Hardcover edition.

About the Author:

Vladimir Nabokov was born in 1899, in St. Petersburg, Russia. His acclaimed works of fiction include Lolita, Pnin, and Pale Fire, among others. He died in Montreux, Switzerland, in 1977.
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