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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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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