By Vladimir Nabokov
Released weeks after his 70th birthday, Ada, or Ardor is considered one of Nabokov's maximum masterpieces, the fantastic end result of his occupation as a novelist. It tells a love tale through incest. yet extra: it's also instantly a fairy story, epic, philosophical treatise at the nature of time, parody of the heritage of the unconventional, and erotic catalogue. Ada, or Ardor isn't any lower than the excellent paintings of an mind's eye at white heat.
This is the 1st American version to incorporate the vast and ingeniously sardonic appendix by way of the writer, written less than the anagrammatic pseudonym Vivian Darkbloom.
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For such another pleasure, did he live, I could my Father of a Crown deprive. What did I say! Father! that impious thought has shock'd my mind: How bold our Passions are, and yet how blind! She's gone; and now Methinks there is less glory in a Crown; My boyling passions settle and goe down: iso Like Amber chaf't, when she is near she acts, When farther off, inclines, but not attracts. To him Zulema. Assist me, Zulema, if thou wouldst be That friend thou seem'st, assist me against me. Betwixt my love and vertue I am tost; This must be forfeited or that be lost: I could do much to merit thy applause; Help me to fortify the better cause.
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Ada, or Ardor: A Family Chronicle by Vladimir Nabokov