The last novel Nabokov wrote in Russian and a highlight of his literary career.
Written in the 1930s while Nabokov was living in Berlin, the fourth chapter (a pseudo-biography of the Russian writer Chernyshevsky), was censored from publication in the Russian émigré journal ‘Sovremennye Zapiski’. As ‘The Gift’ was to be the author’s last novel written in his native language it is considered to be a farewell to the world he was leaving behind and an ode to the Greats of Russian literature. Each chapter follows the style of a Russian author, including Pushkin, Gogol and Saltykov-Schedrin.
First complete edition in Russian, 8vo. 214 by 139mm (8½ by 5½ inches), 411pp., publisher’s printed wrappers (spine darkened, a few short tears or creases), cloth folding case.
Provenance: Property from the Vladimir Nabokov Collection of J. Rigbie Turner.
Stock ID: 97305