Ada, or Ardor: A Family Chronicle by Vladimir Nabokov

By Vladimir Nabokov

Published weeks after his 70th birthday, Ada, or Ardor is considered one of Nabokov's maximum masterpieces, the fantastic end result of his profession as a novelist.  It tells a love tale by means of incest.  But extra: it's also immediately a fairy story, epic, philosophical treatise at the nature of time, parody of the historical past of the unconventional, and erotic catalogue.   Ada, or Ardor isn't any below the very best paintings of an mind's eye at white heat.

This is the 1st American version to incorporate the broad and ingeniously  sardonic appendix through the writer, written lower than the anagrammatic pseudonym Vivian Darkbloom.

From the exchange Paperback edition.

Show description

Read or Download Ada, or Ardor: A Family Chronicle PDF

Similar literature books

The Writing on the Wall and Other Literary Essays

From Madame Bovary to Macbeth, this assortment via Mary McCarthy bargains excellent revelations approximately the various world’s so much liked works
Shakespeare, Nabokov, Orwell, and Burroughs are only the various literary immortals featured during this attractive and thought-provoking volume.
In one awesome essay, McCarthy offers a full of life discourse at the actual nature of evil in Shakespeare’s performs. concentrating on the nature of Macbeth, she unearths why woman Macbeth, who has to “unsex herself” and “wear the pants,” is the extra human of the 2. She tells us why the often-overlooked personality of Madame Bovary’s husband, Charles, is the real hero, and never Emma Bovary, whom Flaubert as soon as famously stated was once himself. additionally integrated this is McCarthy’s impassioned safeguard of Hannah Arendt’s debatable book Eichmann in Jerusalem, in addition to a dialogue of the reactionary leftist writers, and a glance at why J. D. Salinger was once the most obvious successor to Hemingway.
Distinguished via McCarthy’s savage intelligence, readability of suggestion, and utter loss of pretension, The Writing at the Wall is a undying gem from an writer who reveres the written word.
This e-book gains an illustrated biography of Mary McCarthy together with infrequent pictures from the author’s property.

Homesick

Eshkol Nevo - writer
Sondra Silverston - Translator

It is 1995 and Noa and Amir have made up our minds to maneuver in jointly. Noa is learning images in Jerusalem and Amir is a psychology pupil in Tel Aviv, so that they pick out a tiny flat in a village within the hills, among the 2 towns. Their flat is separated from that in their landlords, Sima and Moshe Zakian, through a skinny wall, yet on both sides we discover a distinct domestic - and a distinct international.

Homesick is a gorgeous, smart and relocating tale approximately historical past, love, kinfolk and the real that means of home.

Peace Like a River

Hailed as one of many year's best 5 novels through Time, and chosen as the most effective books of the yr through approximately all significant newspapers, nationwide bestseller Peace Like a River captured the hearts of a kingdom short of convenience. "A wealthy mix of event, tragedy, and healing," Peace Like a River is "a university of legends from assets sacred and profane -- from the previous testomony to the previous West, from the Gospels to police dramas" (Ron Charles, The Christian technological know-how Monitor).

The Cult of the All-Seeing Eye

Non secular heritage

Extra resources for Ada, or Ardor: A Family Chronicle

Example text

This is the only instance of nectar having the power to cause sleep, but it does relax Jupiter at Ovid Met.  f. (diffusum nectare curas/ seposuisse graves), and, as it was the wine of the gods, it could be imagined to have wine’s soporific effect, to a much greater degree (hence alta, potentia and the twofold reference to slumber occupying a full line), as would be needed to quieten a raging superhero. This wine connection would explain the reference to the tempora in : for wine at and affecting the temples see McKeown on Ovid Am.

V. .  ff.. Jupiter’s speech to Juno falls into a tradition that goes back to Homer (cf. g. Il. , Virg. Aen. ). This particular version is lively and pointed. It is a speech of strong emotions, but it is still dignified and imperious, not least because Jupiter as well as berating Juno is also trying to cow her (successfully). It is not without its humorous side too, especially as Jupiter’s superior and biting remarks are typical of many exasperated husbands when having words with their wives.  nova: ‘new’ and also (caustically) ‘strange’ (because Juno’s joy over Hercules’ troubles involves problems for her own protégé Jason, who will as a result lose this mighty crew-member).

There is (pathetic and/or gently humorous) hyperbole here and in vacuis . . montibus ().  Hercules’ repeated shouts (cf. ) no longer drown out the sound of the rivers and the breezes. Again there is exaggeration. commentary  vacuis . . montibus: local ablative or dative/ablative of agent. v. , b): cf.  f. ‘Vacant’ is not a likely sense as Hercules is still in the area, and so is Hylas (cf. ), not to mention animals.  ff.. Extended accounts of dreams (with speech) were extremely common in epic poetry: see Hom.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.95 of 5 – based on 12 votes