How the hell do you pronounce "Pnin"?

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I know, I love his little clues, the little ways he'll refer back to some seemingly insignificant detail from 100 pages ago, as if he's watching to make sure you're paying attention. You always feel so proud when you catch them.

The bad boyfriend analogy is right on the money. Although at least with Vlad it's affectionate.

franny (frannyglass), Saturday, 9 December 2006 18:35 (fourteen years ago) link

two months pass...
More like p'neen

that's more or less how my Nabokov-loving Russian friend pronounces it.

nathalie (stevienixed), Wednesday, 21 February 2007 14:02 (fourteen years ago) link

In one of his essays Nabokov said it should be pronounced like "Up, Nina!" without the first and last letters.

Ruud Haarvest (KenL), Wednesday, 21 February 2007 14:42 (fourteen years ago) link

That's EXACTLY the answer I was looking for.

franny (frannyglass), Wednesday, 21 February 2007 15:25 (fourteen years ago) link

Also, Nuh-BOk-aff. Something like that.

Casuistry (casuistry), Wednesday, 21 February 2007 16:08 (fourteen years ago) link

Oh, there must be an easier way to try to explain this!

Casuistry (casuistry), Wednesday, 21 February 2007 16:17 (fourteen years ago) link

Mind you, I don't actually speak Russian, I'm probably a bit off.

Casuistry (casuistry), Wednesday, 21 February 2007 16:18 (fourteen years ago) link

four years pass...

how the hell do you pronounce "Succinct"?

jergins, Monday, 21 February 2011 03:24 (ten years ago) link

suck-sinkt or suss-inked

jergins, Monday, 21 February 2011 03:24 (ten years ago) link

this is important

jergins, Monday, 21 February 2011 03:24 (ten years ago) link

i pronounce it suss-sinkt, lavishing attention upon every consonant.

estela, Monday, 21 February 2011 03:26 (ten years ago) link

it's such a princess of a word, i am strongly considering cutting it out of my vocabulary.

estela, Monday, 21 February 2011 03:27 (ten years ago) link

in my head, I say it suss-inked. I've never tried to say it out loud.

jaq, Monday, 21 February 2011 03:33 (ten years ago) link

it's funny, words you know really well, and know the meaning of, but don't ever say

jergins, Monday, 21 February 2011 03:34 (ten years ago) link

oh you people.

suhk-singkt (səkˈsɪŋkt)

lxy, Monday, 21 February 2011 03:35 (ten years ago) link

xp (or always say wrong)

lxy, Monday, 21 February 2011 03:36 (ten years ago) link

Mr. Jaq and I have had rows over desultory and banal.

jaq, Monday, 21 February 2011 03:39 (ten years ago) link

nine months pass...

I miss our "We love everything VN wrote except Ada" thread on real ILX.

wang dang google doodle (James Redd), Friday, 16 December 2011 02:14 (nine years ago) link

Yep!

Lord Sotosyn, Friday, 16 December 2011 03:03 (nine years ago) link

actually I don't like a lot of his novels.

Lord Sotosyn, Friday, 16 December 2011 03:06 (nine years ago) link

I mean, a half dozen of his short stories and "canonical" novels are all I need.

Lord Sotosyn, Friday, 16 December 2011 03:07 (nine years ago) link

in an old interview I read of his, nabokov said it's pronounced like it is when you say "up nina"

good webinar (ha ha I'm having a fantasy), Friday, 16 December 2011 05:17 (nine years ago) link

the two long ones (ada and the gift) are my least favorites

n/a, Friday, 16 December 2011 15:59 (nine years ago) link

I didn't care all that much for Pale Fire or even Lolita. Glory (in translation obv) was ok and there were a couple others I couldn't really make myself read. Pnin is my favorite - maybe it's Nabokov for people who don't love Nabokov, idk.

Hurting, Friday, 16 December 2011 20:08 (nine years ago) link

Pnin is kind of an outlier, it feels warmer and more human and less dense than most of his books - it's probably my second- or third-favorite Nabokov. I think there is depth there but he doesn't fuck with his readers as directly as in most of his books.

n/a, Friday, 16 December 2011 21:08 (nine years ago) link

Yeah, that's why I like it so much: it's a victory lap novel.

Lord Sotosyn, Saturday, 17 December 2011 01:55 (nine years ago) link


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