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Pnin I had a professor, in fact he had no professor s title, but we always addressed him that way So, I had a professor who taught me maths No, actually he was trying to teach me, he was doing his best to familiarize me with secrets of the queen of science Alas I truly felt pity for him since I was stupendously immune to that knowledge I was standing at the blackboard attempting to solve some mysterious to me equation and professor, waving his hand, would sigh thenget out of my sight, pleaseEven today this recollection brings smile to my face He was extraordinary teacher, demanding when it needed and lenient when he knew that his efforts after all would go down the drain Fortunately for me he was not a type of crusader and knew which battles were lost before even started.He used to accompany us to many school outing and I had opportunity to know him also from private side I remember, it was shortly after the shooting of John Lennon and we wanted somehow commemorate him, and professor then submitted the plan to plant the trees So we went to I recently read Doctor Zhivago which Nabokov hated You could say these two books are the antithesis of each other Zhivago strives to depict a poetic vision of real life on a huge canvas and find meaning therein Pnin is self pleasuring art for art s sake on a tiny canvas Nabokov isn t remotely interested in real life or deep meaning or huge canvases He passes over the Russian Revolution in a couple of sentences whereas a description of a room that will only feature once in the entire novel is likely to receive an entire long paragraph Wisdom doesn t interest him much either except as a reliable source of caustic mockery Psychotherapy is one of his targets in Pnin Just as he mocks a lot of the devices favoured by novelists There are two instances in this novel of Nabokov cleverly creating a great deal of sympathy for Pnin and in both he takes away our sympathy as soon as he s got it These involve Pnin catching the wrong train to an important lecture he s due to give he makes it there on time regardless and of Pnin receiving a cherished bowl from his son which he believes he has destroyed when he lets slip a pair of nutcrackers into the soapy washing up water turns out to be a worthless glass he s broken Pnin is constantly being misled by subjective interpretations of objective reality but it doesn t really matter, Librarian Note An Alternate Cover Edition Can Be Found HerePnin Is A Professor Of Russian At An American College Who Takes The Wrong Train To Deliver A Lecture In A Language He Cannot Master Pnin Is A Tireless Lover Who Writes To His Treacherous Liza A Genius Needs To Keep So Much In Store, And Thus Cannot Offer You The Whole Of Himself As I Do Pnin Is The Focal Point Of Subtle Academic Conspiracies He Cannot Begin To Comprehend, Yet He Stages A Faculty Party To End All Faculty Parties Forever. Whilst a certain novel featuring a middle aged man infatuating over his seduction of a 12 year old girl was causing a storm in the literary world, along came the gentle breeze that was Pnin Another remarkable character in a career littered with remarkable characters After arriving in America in 1940, with wife V ra, and son Dmitri, as virtually broke refugees from Nazi occupied France, Nabokov was able to find employment as a university teacher of Russian and comparative literature, first at in Massachusetts, then Cornell University in upstate New York This clearly influenced Pnin From an early stage in the development of the character of Pnin, Nabokov planned to write a series of stories about about the comical misadventures of an expatriate Russian professor on his way to deliver a lecture to a women s club in a small American town, which could be published independently in the New Yorker, which later was strung together to make a seriously good book This proved to be a shrewd professional strategy It also partly explains the unusual form of Pnin and how best to describe it A short novel a collection of short stories of set pieces anyway, Nabokov poignantly sets about tracing Timofey Pnin s quest, which is ultimately frustrated, to find a home, or I would call this 1957 Nabokov novel a tragicomedy, leaning to the comedy Timofey Pnin is a likeable Russian emigre, a nice man, maybe too nice for his own good Pnin is an assistant professor at fictional Wainsdell College, probably modeled after Cornell University where Nabokov taught Even though Pnin has become an American citizen, he still struggles with the English language He has difficultly being understood by his students and his colleagu The evening lessons were always the most difficult Drained of ambulating the willing grey cells throughout the carnage of day classes, the young readers, almost resignedly, filled the quiet room at the end of the corridor A subdued t te t te, almost at once, broke into a charlatan laughter and the very next moment, died in their bosoms as Professor Pnin entered the classroom Straightening the meagre crop on his head and adjusting and re adjusting his tortoise shell glasses, he cleared his throat.Pnin Good Evening.Class Good Evening, Professor.PnincheerilyI am glad to see the attendance has brimmed to full todayPauseAlright then Would all of you open your notes now We shall take each one of your observations on Turgenev s prose and discuss threadbare their meaning and implications on the Russian Literature fabricSilence Pnin Ladies and Gentlemen, please open your notesSilence Pninin a mildly concerned toneWhat is the matter I can see your notes sitting pretty on your tables and yet you do not touch them May I please be privy to your thoughts Josephine Professor, we do have notes but they do not concern Turgenev s prose.Pnin What do they concern then Josephine You.Pnin Me Charles Indeed Professor.Pnin But why Charles Because t 485 Pnin, Vladimir NabokovPnin is Vladimir Nabokov s 13th novel and his fourth written in English it was published in 1957 Pnin features his funniest and most heart rending character Professor Timofey Pnin is a haplessly disoriented Russian migr precariously employed on an American college campus in the 1950s Pnin struggles to maintain his d Coming from the master word smith, a critic and the dictator of the reading choices of legions of readers comes a book backed by a blurb which compares Nobokov to a standard stand up comedian with a professional capacity of making the audience laugh hysterically Sad to say, the humour in the books failed to appeal me and was eclipsed by the unfortunate tribulations that influenced the demure and naive professor Timofey Pnin s reputation amongst his associates and the staff of the University The book starts with Pnin, an emigre immigrant Russian professor struggling with English, sitting in the wrong train while he is already late for his lecture and loses his luggage He is constantly made fun of and is often undermined by his superiors and colleagues The humour revolves around such events affecting Pnin Although frivolous by nature, Nabokov s character and the events bring out sympathy out of me as a reader which overlaps the humour quotient in the book.It might preliminarily seem like Nabokov furtively describing his experiences through the character of Pnin but makes brief appearances himself directly addressing the reader and reflecting on tender topic If one wanted to undertake a neat little study of Nabokov s fictional prowess, they should read Lolita and Pnin back to back They were written concurrently, in little middle American roadside motels the ones that are chronicled so abundantly in Lolita during Nabokov and V ra s summer long butterfly hunting tours Pnin was Nabokov s antidote and respite from Humbert s grotesqueries, the opposite pole of character, and we should marvel at the achievement that while he was creating the most erudite predator in the history of literature, he was at the same time moulding this Pnin from his most gentle clay, birthing his most sympathetic creature The punning savagery of Lolita could not be farther away from Pnin s sadly sweet sentimentality, and Pnin the book is the most touching Nabokov work I ve encountered Nabokov clearly loved this man, and while it is inevitable from page one that Humbert is a doomed, delirious soul, Pnin, whose doom seems always a hair s width away, is almost kept from calamity by the reader s sympathies for him alone I challenge you to give this book a go and not get misty eyed at Pnin giving water to a chirping squirrel Pnin s ever present squir The Revenge of Timofey PninThe traffic light was red Timofey Pavlovich Pnin sat patiently at the steering wheel of his blue sedan directly behind a giant truck loaded with barrels of Budweiser, the inferior version of the Budvar he d enjoyed in his Prague student days On the passenger seat of the sedan, his paws resting on the open window, sat Gamlet, the stray dog Pnin had been feeding for the past few months, slowly encouraging the timid animal s trust Gamlet had been unsure about the trip, reluctant to enter the car after Pnin had loaded the last boxes and suitcases and finally locked the door of the house he d lived in for such a brief period The dog ran around the yard in circles hesitating between going and staying until finally, much to Pnin s relief, he jumped on board.But now Gamlet was looking back in the direction they had come with increasing anxiety.Pnin glanced in the wing mirror On the sidewalk, a man with a large and angry dog was hurrying towards them The dog was straining at the leash, bar

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