How the hell do you pronounce "Pnin"?

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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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