Our Literary Circle discusses a different book each month. You can drop by regularly or you can join us for only one evening. Mark Olival-Bartley leads the discussion.

"Pnin" by Vladimir Nabokov

Literary Circle / The session will be held online / Contact bibliothek@amerikahaus.de to get more information

Please note: The session will be held online. Register at bibliothek@amerikahaus.de


Penned as sketches for The New Yorker while looking to get Lolita published, Pnin was later expanded into a novel that was nominated for the National Book Award for Fiction. The novel’s eponymous hero is, like Nabokov, exiled to the U.S., where he teaches Russian at the fictional Waindell College, which uncannily evokes Wellesley, where Nabokov taught. An inveterate punster, Nabokov might be toying with a homophone here—pain—in this celebrated metafictional response to Cervantes’ cartoonish treatment of Quixote, which Nabokov had infuriatingly read the year prior to starting Pnin.


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Organizers: Amerikahaus Verein, Bavarian Center for Transatlantic Relations



(Photo: Pnin © M. Olival-Bartley)


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