From the writer who shocked and delighted the world with his novels
Lolita, Pale Fire, and Ada, or Ardor, and so
many others, comes a magnificent collection of stories. Written
between the 1920s and 1950s, these sixty-five tales–eleven of which
have been translated into English for the first time–display all
the shades of Nabokov’s imagination. They range from sprightly
fables to bittersweet tales of loss, from claustrophobic exercises in
horror to a connoisseur’s samplings of the table of human folly.
Read as a whole, The Stories of Vladimir Nabokov offers and
intoxicating draft of the master’s genius, his devious wit, and his
ability to turn language into an instrument of ecstasy.