The Original of Laura (Dying Is Fun)

The Original of Laura (Dying Is Fun)

Book - 2009
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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.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A Knopf, c2009.
ISBN: 9780307592750
Characteristics: xxi, 278 p. ; 24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Nabokov, Dmitri
Alternative Title: Dying is fun.


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dmdavidove Aug 30, 2011

Highly recommended. Read the reviews (by hitting Reviews tab) and you'll see why (as what the reviewers say pretty much expresses my thoughts and feelings about this work).

Mar 11, 2011

I like Lolita a lot. That is the only reason why I read this. I thought this was a total waste of time, and a money grab. It is just a series of postcards and incomplete thoughts. It is one thing to invite an imaginative audience, but another to published unfinished works to get some cash from your dead Dad.


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