Pale Fire

Hardcover, 315 pages, Random House Inc, List Price: $23 | purchase

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Pale Fire
Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov

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Nabokov's parody, half poem and half commentary on the poem, deals with the escapades of the deposed king of Zemala in a New England college town.


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