Pale Fire


The famous American poet John Shade was murdered in 1959. This text contains his last poem, Pale Fire, together with a foreword by Shade’s editor, Charles Kinbote.

ISBN: 9780141185262 Author: Tester, Vladimirovich N Publisher: Penguin Classics Publication Date: 31st August 2000 Imprint: Penguin Classics Cover: Paperback Dewey: 813.54 (edition:22) Pages: 248 Language: English Edition: Reissue Readership: General - Trade / Code: K Category: Subjects: ,

The American poet John Shade is dead; murdered. His last poem, Pale Fire, is put into a book, together with a preface, a lengthy commentary and notes by Shade’s editor, Charles Kinbote. Known on campus as the ‘Great Beaver’, Kinbote is haughty, inquisitive, intolerant, but is he also mad, bad – and even dangerous? As his wildly eccentric annotations slide into the personal and the fantastical, Kinbote reveals perhaps more than he should.

Nabokov’s darkly witty, richly inventive masterwork is a suspenseful whodunit, a story of one-upmanship and dubious penmanship, and a glorious literary conundrum.