Ada or Ardor


Romance follows Ada and Van from their first childhood meeting through eight years of rapture. The story exhibits some of the perversity of ‘Lolita’ but also much more playfulness.

ISBN: 9780141181875 Author: Nabokov, Vladimir Publisher: Penguin Classics Publication Date: 6th April 2000 Imprint: Penguin Classics Cover: Paperback Dewey: 813.54 (edition:22) Pages: 497 Edition: Reissue Readership: General - Trade / Code: K Category: Subject:

‘A great work of art, radiant and rapturous, affirming the power of love and imagination’ The New York Times Book Review

Ada or Ardor is a romance that follows Ada from her first childhood meeting with Van Veen on his uncle’s country estate, in a ‘dream-bright’ America, through eighty years of rapture, as they cross continents, are continually parted and reunited, come to learn the strange truth about their singular relationship and, decades later, put their extraordinary experiences into words.

Written in mischievous and magically flowing prose, Nabokov’s longest, richest novel is a love story, but also a fairy tale, a historical parody, an erotic satire, an exploration of the passing of time and a supreme work of the imagination.

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