Transparent Things

Transparent Things

A Novel

Book - 1972
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"Transparent Things revolves around the four visits of the hero--sullen, gawky Hugh Person--to Switzerland . . . As a young publisher, Hugh is sent to interview R., falls in love with Armande on the way, wrests her, after multiple humiliations, from a grinning Scandinavian and returns to NY with his bride. . . . Eight years later--following a murder, a period of madness and a brief imprisonment--Hugh makes a lone sentimental journey to wheedle out his past. . . . The several strands of dream, memory, and time [are] set off against the literary theorizing of R. and, more centrally, against the world of observable objects." --Martin Amis
Publisher: New York : McGraw-Hill, c1972.
ISBN: 9780070457348
Characteristics: 104 p.


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CALS_Lee Apr 07, 2020

Transparent Things is Nabokov in miniature, and a bit diminished. It is his next to last novel (more a novella in this case) out of the almost 20 that he completed. It’s got all the perhaps too well-worn by this point Nabokov markers, such as anti-Freudianism and play with concepts of time and death. If you guess butterflies make an appearance, of course they do. All done in about 100 pages of solidly enough constructed story. Not bad but probably mostly for Nabokov completists. Of which I can just about count myself.

Jun 15, 2016

If you picked this up thinking it was about lingerie, well shame on you! This slim novel (more of a novella actually) was the penultimate book by the great Russian Vladimir "Vlad" Nabokov, whose most famous books were written in English. Per usual, not much plot, but you read Nabokov for his dazzling use of language and sardonic wit.

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