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3.93  ·  Rating Details ·  8,572 Ratings  ·  527 Reviews
Nabokov’un Berlin dönemi romanlarından biri olan bu kitap, bir eleştirmenin deyişiyle, “zalimane bir başeser”dir; okuru, en “fotoroman” bir durumdan, şu “insanlık komedyası” denen şeyin karanlık uçurumlarına yuvarlayıverir. Nabokov neyi anlatacağını baştan söyler ve nasıl anlattığına bakmamızı ister. Duyacağımız hayranlığı baştan bilen bir insanın bütün şeytanlığıyla. Nabo ...more
Paperback, 223 pages
Published January 1993 by İletişim Yayınları (first published 1932)
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Steven  Godin
Jan 25, 2017 Steven Godin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, russian
Original published under the name 'Camera Obscura', Vladimir Nabokov was so displeased with the quality of it's first English translation in 1936 he personally took to changing it under the now title 'Laughter in the Dark' and this becomes the first foreign novel I have read that was actually translated by the writer himself.

And If there's one thing that strikes me about Nabokov, it's the impression I get that his mind was never too far away from lust and desire, whether that be writing, having
Mar 10, 2008 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well, Laughter in the Dark was by far the worst novel I’ve read by Nabokov. And that’s to say that it was a solidly good, funny, and engaging book. Like many of his novels, the plot is your basic old- man- obsessed- with- inappropriately- aged- girl- who- also- happens- to- be- evil- and- this- as- you- might- guess- ends- in- tragedy and the tone is the only one you can have with such a plot – it’s a very dark comedy. I hope.

I found that this book fell into the same category as his other early
Oct 14, 2012 Darwin8u rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
"Death is often the point of life's joke"
― Vladimir Nabokov, Laughter in the Dark


“Death," he had said on another occasion, "seems to be merely a bad habit, which nature is at present powerless to overcome.”
― Vladimir Nabokov, Laughter in the Dark

An early Nabokov with many funky allusions to Tolstoy, anticipations and presages of Lolita, and obviously -- plenty of Nabokovian black humor from beginning to end. As a independent work, I don't think it belongs in the top tier of Nabokov's lush ouvre
Dec 10, 2014 Agnieszka rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Agnieszka by: Sketchbook
Shelves: reviewed, 2015, nabokov

Once upon a time there lived in Berlin, Germany, a man called Albinus. He was rich, respectable, happy; one day he abandoned his wife for the sake of a youthful mistress; he loved; was not loved; and his life ended in disaster .

That way Nabokov starts Laughter in the dark and in fact these words are enough to describe the plot . Outwardly it is a banal tale of tragicomic romance of older man with young girl . There are loads such stories but this one stands out with acerbity and witticism .
May 30, 2015 Teresa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e5, n-russia
"Era uma vez um homem chamado Albinus que vivia em Berlim, na Alemanha. Era rico, respeitável, feliz; certo dia abandonou a mulher por causa de uma amante jovem; amava; não era amado; e a sua vida acabou em desastre.
Isto é a história toda e podíamos tê-la deixado por aqui se não fosse o proveito e o prazer no contar"

Assim inicia Nabokov este romance. E logo me lembrei de um trecho de uma recente opinião do Nelson Zagalo sobre o porquê de lermos literatura; não será, certamente, apenas pelas hist
Nov 28, 2014 Sketchbook rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A cyanide comedy. Nabokov scorns "realism," which befuddles many readers who belch that his characters aren't "likeable." How Americans require the likeability factor ! ~ Who's likeable in works by George Etherege or Joe Orton ? C'mon, we're in a world of surrealism and absurdist humor where the tale is meant to be ironic, rueful, mocking.

This stinging and hilarious story of cuckoldry and duplicity -- where the protagonist sees nothing (like most people) -- was first published abroad in 1933
Paquita Maria Sanchez
Leave it to Nabokov to strip you of your faith in humanity.
November 30th 2015
I was sitting in a cinema.
The film I was about to see was called ‘Obsession’.
As I sat in the dark, I laughed to myself because if there’s one theme I’ve read a lot about about in the past few years, what with Proust and Goethe and Mann, it’s obsession.
No surprise then that Albinus, the lead character, turned out to resemble Marcel Proust’s famous obsessive Charles Swann so closely that it was hard to tell the difference. Like Swann, Albinus is a man of private wealth and re
Celeste Corrêa
Quanta água salgada pode correr dos olhos de uma leitora!
5 ( estrelas) para " Riso na Escuridão ".
Nabokov só tem um problema: a sua Lolita é maior ( ou mais famosa ) que ele.
Mar 28, 2014 James rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literature
Grimly funny, superbly written--Laughter in the Dark is a taut little gem, written by one of the greatest prose stylists of the 20th Century. There is not a single likeable character in this whole book, and yet the story is written so well, and so humorously, it's hard to put down. There are no moral truths here, no great insights, just a beautifully written, niftily plotted tale of deserved betrayal. There is something nearly Wodehousian in its glum tomfoolery. Indeed, Albinus is reminiscent of ...more
Daniel Gonçalves
Só os grande escritores conseguem transformar tramas aparentemente banais em autênticos contos icónicos.

Vladimir Nabokov faz exatamente isso. Com astúcia, talento, e um domínio completo das técnicas de narração, imagina um triângulo amoroso que serve para revelar toda a maldade existente no coração de alguns seres humanos.

Neste romance fala-se, acima de tudo, da ganância pelo dinheiro, do amor forjado por interesses económico, e pela ingenuidade de um apaixonado. E tudo é contado de forma tão
Aug 03, 2010 Alireza rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literature, novel
ناباکوف می گوید نویسنده بایددر آن واحد سه نفر باشد: داستان گو، معلم و جادوگر که در نهایت جادوگر غلبه می کند. کاری که خودِ ناباکوف انجام می دهد.
حتی این بدترین و کمترین رمانِ وی از لحاظ خلاقیت های ناباکوف بسیار خواندنی و جذاب است. این رمان در واقع زمانی که از سنت پترزبورگ به برلین مهاجرت کرده بودند نوشته شده. از نظر زمانی تقریبان همزمان با رمان چشم اوست. 1930
در فضای سینماییِ آن روز های برلین، روایتی طنز از قصه ای کلیشه ای را نمایش می دهد. اما طنزی سراسر خلاقیت و "ناباکوفی". طنزی که خودِ ناب
Rebecca McNutt
Laughter in the Dark, written by the author of the controversial classic Lolita, is as unforgettable as it is original. The main character, an aspiring filmmaker, finds himself caught up in a dramatic love triangle involving his mistress and another man. Poetically written and vividly picturesque, this novel is undoubtedly worth reading.
Aug 22, 2012 Eric rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I periodically revisit a handful of authors (kundera, kafka, calvino, queneau, fleming etc.) - why? to reaffirm my faith in humanity, or in something you may call "human achievement?" "art??" (ugh). perhaps for the thrill of experiencing a unique pleasure in a certain kind of intellectual, or, better, cerebral stimulation that has no equal anywhere else in nature (or human construction!) what am I talking about?!?!? all of this is a way of saying that nabokov is one of that select few, perhaps t ...more
Brent Legault
Oct 19, 2007 Brent Legault rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: blue angels, little tramps
Shelves: lovingly-reread
The trick with Nabokov, with any novelist, is to sympathize not with the characters but with characters' creator. There is no one in this novel to get behind, not even the betrayed wife or her sick little girl. Because they are but props, silent-movie cliches. All three of the leads are detestable, each in their own way. And the plot is as outlandish and unlikely as the films Nabokov was having fun with. What makes the book worth reading is, as always, his style and his lovely, lyrical detail. B ...more
Ahmad Sharabiani
Laughter in the Dark, Vladimir Nabokov
عنوان: خنده در تاریکی؛ نویسنده: ولادیمیر ناباکف؛ مترجم: محمداسماعیل فلزی؛ تهران، هیرمند، 1382در 296 ص؛ شابک: 9644080009؛ مترجم: امیر نیک فرجام، ، تهران، مروارید، 1383، در 247 ص؛ شابک: ایکس - 964588179؛ چاپ چهارم 1385؛ موضوع: داستانهای نویسندگان روسی قرن 20 م
Jan 31, 2016 Ava rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
با خود فکر کرد: پس این است .باید کمی ارام بمانم"
و بعد خیلی اهسته بر ماسه هاي درخشان درد قدم بردارم، به سوي ان موج ابی ابی. در ابی بودن چه
موهبتی است. هرگز نمی دانستم ابی چه قدر می تواند ابی باشد. زندگی چه کثافتی بود. حالا همه چیز را
می دانم .می آید ، می آید، می آید تا غرقم کند. اینجاست. چه دردي دارد. نمی توانم نفس بکشم ...."

خنده در تاریکی
ترجمه ی محمد اسماعیل فلزی

یکی از چیزای عجیب اینه که یه زندگی رو می سازیم برای خودمون و بعد دیوانه وار می چسبیم بهش. بعد محتاط می شیم. بی اعتماد می شیم. سر هیچ چیزی
Jul 26, 2015 Ali rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
من لولیتا رو نخوندم ، فیلمی رو کوبریک ساخته از رمان نابوکوف رو دیدم . بعد از دیدن فیلم ، حس کردم نویسنده ش باید یه منحرف جنسی باشه . راستش هیچ وقت برام جذابیت چندانی نداشت . یه جورایی نوشته هاش به درد نشریه های زرد و خاله زنکی می خوره . به نظرم از عمق خالی هست و فقط تابوشکنیه که باعث شده تا این حد معروف و محبوب باشه . به هر حال خنده در تاریکی یه نسخه ی کپی خیلی کمرنگ از لولیتاست . یعنی اگر پیش از لولیتا نوشته می شد ، می شد گفت ، این اوج نوشتن نویسنده بوده . ولی چون بعد از لولیتاس می شه حدس زد بر ...more
Nov 08, 2008 Mojgan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
به شما میگن این تصویر بهم ریخته ی یک اسبه و باز شما با اولین نمایی که ازش می بینید مشتاقانه تصویر تکمیل می کنید
شما تمام داستان را در یک پاراگراف کوتاه میخونید اما باز ادامه میدید و بسیار زیبا با داستان جلو میرید
من به حماقت های آلبینوس نه خندیدم و نه لجم گرفت فقط بینهایت غمگین شدم برای کسی که جسارت کرد زندگی تکراری شو تغییر بده و زندگی باهاش بیرحم بود
Sara Kasraee
کل داستان همان اولین پاراگراف کتاب است و این ضعف کتاب نیست. به قول خود نویسنده: " گرچه چکیده زندگی انسان را میتوان بر سنگ قبری پوشیده از خزه جا داد، نقل جزئیات همواره لطفی دیگر دارد."
در کل داستان متوسطی بود، نه خیلی خوب نه خیلی بد. اواسط کتاب یک مقدار داستان کسل کننده است اما فصلهای آخر کتاب جذابیت بیشتری دارد و سریعتر پیش میرود.

Aylar Bahrami
خیلی نمی تونستم شخصیت ها رو بشناسم. در واقع نتونستم باهاشون همذات پنداری کنم.پیرنگ داستان رو هم خیلی دوست نداشتن با این حال فصول آخر خواندنی تر شده بود. با همه این اوصاف ناباکوف نویسنده ای هست که خودش رو ثابت کرده و آثار خیلی خوبی داره.
Nooshin Sh
Jul 15, 2015 Nooshin Sh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
بهغیر از بیست صفحهی اوّلش، همه را در یک نشست خواندم. نثرِ جذّابِ ناباکف و ماجرای طنزآمیزِ تلخِ کتاب، بسیار خوشخوانش کرده بود. شاهکارِ ادبی نبود، ادّعای آن را هم نداشت، ولی خواندنش لذّتبخش بود. اثری از دورانِ جوانیِ ناباکف؛ چرا که نه؟ ...more

Brutally well-written. Haunting and disturbing. N's bitter farewell to his uncomfortable decade-plus in Berlin and with a few subtle hints of the madness and decadence to come after he managed to escape with his family to the states.

Disturbing, which is a word that I don't use very often and am consistently annoyed with the causal employment of, but in this case, yeah. Made my flesh creep even as I couldn't tear my eyes away from it.

Dec 20, 2010 Richard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm sticking up for this book. A lot of the reviews I've read have panned it, but they shouldn't. It's a great book.

The protagonist is a philandering middle-aged art critic named Albinus. He sets out to get a mistress--with disastrous results. The mistress he secures, Margot, is a vamp, a femme fatale, a pouting silver screen siren, a Louise Brooks look-alike who leads poor blundering Albinus around by his balls and his wallet. She demands they go on extravagant vacations. She throws temper tant
Jul 14, 2013 Kaloyana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Историята в тази книга е доста грабваща и интересна. Има съспенс и освен това има истинска поука - справедливостта не е това, на което са ни учили. Не всеки получава заслуженото, тоест не всеки, който е лош е наказан. Но, всеки, който е глупав, заслепен и наивен, винаги страда докрай. Именно такъв е животът - безпощаден към глупостта, суров, но и лесен и приятен, когато си го направиш такъв, дори и с измама и нечестност. Жалко, тъжно, но факт. Факт, с който или свикваш да живееш и приемаш тези п ...more
Oct 12, 2013 Steven rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: eastern-european
A cautionary, satirical tale of lust and obsession, betrayal and inevitable doom. It's enough to put one off younger women for life...
Nov 07, 2016 Yanper rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Η ιστορία ενός Βερολινέζου μεσήλικα κριτικου τέχνης, παντρεμένου, που ερωτεύεαι μία έφηβη. Ο έρωτάς που τον κυριεύει τον καθιστά έρμαιο της ανήλικης ερωμένης του και τον οδηγεί στην καταστροφή. Το βιβλίο αυτό είναι ένα προοίμιο για την Λολίτα που θα γραφτεί μερικά χρόνια αργότερα.
Nov 22, 2016 Rosa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novel
توصيفات نابوكوف مثل هميشه فوق العاده است. او بدون زياده گويى صحنه هاى تاثيرگذارش را آنقدر واضح و واقعى به تصوير مى كشد كه انگار همين حالا در برابر چشمانمان اتفاق مى افتد و مى توان به آنها دست زد.
كتاب بسيار خوش خوان و جذاب است ولى فكر ميكنم در طنز سياه خود زياده روى مى كند.
Apr 29, 2016 NaaZaaNiN rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
چه سرنوشت رقت انگیزی !!!
مصداق خود کرده را تدبیر نیست .
و با کلی حس دلسوزی واسه آلبینوس در انتهای داستان ...
Кремена Михайлова
Каква „тройствена“ книга (думата в кавички е заемка от романа; или от преводача). Набоков е наясно, че такива истории всеки ги знае – 4 реда след началото на книгата казва:

„Това е цялата история и бихме могли да я оставим дотук, ако от разказването ѝ нямаше полза и удоволствие…“

(Каква самоувереност има авторът – да разкаже цялата книга в първите изречения!)

Още в началото ми направи впечатление, че през последните няколко години ме изненадват книги от 135-165 страници, които ми стават изключител
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Nabokov in Three ...: Impressions 1 18 Jan 16, 2012 08:05PM  
  • The Survivors of the Chancellor (Extraordinary Voyages, #13)
  • Vladimir Nabokov: The American Years
  • Lancelot
  • Bad Twin
  • The Stone Leopard
  • Caravan of Dreams
  • The Coalwood Way: A Memoir  (Coalwood, #2)
  • After All These Years
  • The Moon Pool
  • The Shape of Things to Come
  • The Oath (Dismas Hardy, #8)
  • The Invention of Morel
  • Black Snow
  • The Fierce and Beautiful World
  • The Enchanter: Nabokov and Happiness
  • Deep River
  • Cynics
  • The Secret History of Vladimir Nabokov
Russian: Владимир Владимирович Набоков .

Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov, also known by the pen name Vladimir Sirin, was a Russian-American novelist. Nabokov wrote his first nine novels in Russian, then rose to international prominence as a master English prose stylist. He also made significant contributions to lepidoptery and had an interest in chess problems.

Nabokov's Lolita (1955) is frequently
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“Once upon a time there lived in Berlin, Germany, a man called Albinus. He was rich, respectable, happy; one day he abandoned his wife for the sake of a youthful mistress; he loved; was not loved; and his life ended in disaster.

This is the whole of the story and we might have left it at that had there not been profit and pleasure in the telling; and although there is plenty of space on a gravestone to contain, bound in moss, the abridged version of a man's life, detail is always welcome.”
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