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A Russian Beauty and Other Stories

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  308 ratings  ·  29 reviews
Paperback, 240 pages
Published May 25th 1989 by Penguin Books Ltd (first published 1973)
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Personalmente non amo molto i racconti, mi infastidisce il passare da una storia ad un'altra, da un numero di personaggi ad un altro senza adeguato approfondimento – in realtà, il mio ideale di libro sarebbero i tomi intorno alle 800-1000 pagine – ma questi racconti di Nabokov, molto eterogenei per epoca di creazione e tematiche, sono bellissimi, mi sento di dire che, insieme a quelli della Woolf, sono i più bei racconti del XX secolo.

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Aug 24, 2010 rated it it was ok
Thank fucking god Solus Rex didn't turn into an entire novel. Unholy christ.
Aug 07, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2.0/ Dos estrellas porque están “bien” escrito. Pongo las comillas porque está lo necesariamente bien escrito. No es terrible, no es maravilloso, no es nada que me cause emociones de ningún tipo. Quizá sea porque no estoy en aquella época o porque los temas de los que escribió no me interesaban, pero lo que sé es que terminar cada cuento me costó. Me aburrieron todos. Ninguno me dejo nada. Los terminaba de leer y me daba cuenta que había tenido la misma sensación de desinterés durante todo el cu ...more
Stavros Gioldasis
Apr 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Πιο κοντά στο 3,5.
Nabokov's Wikipedia entry says that the author did not believe that literature should teach, and his stories do not. Nabokov does not seem concerned with telling intelligible stories at all, but works like an abstract painter, placing his words to evoke certain moods the way a painter arranges his hues to capture specific emotions, without regard to whether the scene is comprehensible or "real." Predominantly, the evoked emotion is confusion: "Ultima Thule" is a blizzard of gibberish, while the ...more
David Sogge
Apr 17, 2020 rated it it was ok
Written before the second world war mainly in Berlin for a readership limited to Russian exiles, these stories seem like museum-pieces; they hardly resonate today. Even as sources of clues about what life in Berlin was like as political catastrophe took shape in the 1930s, they have almost nothing to tell us. They range from a razor-sharp satire about would-be writers and the corruption of literary magazines (‘Lips to Lips’) to micro-melodramas (‘Breaking the News’) to extended psycho-dramas ('A ...more
Maurizio Manco
Sep 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"So bene che il mio cervello è condannato, che il terrore che ho provato una volta, l'inerme paura di esistere, prima o poi mi raggiungerà ancora, e allora non vi sarà più salvezza." (Terrore, p. 138)

"Tutto se ne va così. Svaniscono l'armonia e il senso. Il mondo torna a infastidirmi con il suo mutevole vuoto." (Il leonardo, p. 366)

"La mia vita è un addio perpetuo agli oggetti e alla gente, che spesso non fa alcun caso al mio amaro, breve, folle saluto." (In memoria di L. I. Šigaev, p. 374)

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Oct 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Potrei rileggere questi racconti tanto frequentemente da impararli a memoria, e non mi verrebbero mai a noia. Ho particolarmente apprezzato quelli di carattere autobiografico. Lo stile è impareggiabile, altamente evocativo, a volte fiabesco o onirico, capace di richiamare d'un colpo alla mente mille vividissime immagini, come la morbidezza della luce dietro il vetro opaco di una porta che si affaccia su una strada berlinese nell'umida sera novembrina.
Mar 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Bleak and beautiful. Spare and sometimes hopeful. That is the gift of Vladimir Nabokov.
Jul 23, 2013 rated it liked it
not quite
ej cullen
Nov 29, 2009 rated it liked it
Who cares where his stories go, or if they (often) go nowhere - it's the linguistic trampoline that keeps you bouncing.
Eileen Sainsbury
This was the second reading of this collection of short stories, many years have passed since the first reading. Interesting, but a little bit disappointing, too. Nabokov certainly had a mind and style of his own!
Jun 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Nabokov can do no wrong.
Aug 30, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Esta edición que leí es una cagada
Mar 10, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
En un principio podría resultar una lectura un tanto light, como para leer en el colectivo o —ahora que se complica— apurar el Goodreads challenge. Igual quería agregarla a mis libros recomendados; me gustaría decir que es porque toda la prosa de Nabokov es bienvenida en esta cuenta pero me siento incómoda con la afirmación. "Traduttore traditore", con "Lolita" esto no pasaba (tendré que aprender ruso). Bueno. Hay algo en los cuentos de la antología, en su esencia y en su forma, que me dejó una ...more
Jul 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: literature
Nabokov's last short stories written in Russian, translated by the author and his son. As testament to the accessibility of these stories, many were printed in U.S. publications in the sixties and seventies (New Yorker, Playboy to name two). These capture his Berlin years and Russian expat culture, so 'Russophiles' will also appreciate them. Standouts include two portions or sketches of a novel he never revisited, a comic duel over an unfaithful wife, and a tragic performing dwarf. A theme of un ...more
Nov 14, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2013
While I thought some of the stories were boring or babble there were a few that made reading this collection worthwhile. I liked "An Affair of Honor", but I particularly enjoyed "A Dashing Fellow". Even though the character was repugnant I found that I still liked him, and the closing of the story was great.

Nabokov seems to like revisiting a lot of the same themes in his short stories. There's a lingering presence of a couple from the Details of a Sunset and Other Stories collection and, I think
Aug 19, 2015 rated it liked it
Decent stories. Quite a wide variety. Some were simple, everyday life. Others were deeply figurative. My favorite was “The Visit to the Museum.” It was a brilliant tale of the nightmare feelings Nabokov had for the Soviet Union, and how it turned nonsense into reality, and robbed him of his Russia.
Apr 05, 2011 rated it liked it
Pretty good, and very different in style and tone from the two of his novels that I've read. With some exceptions, these stories have simpler, less emotional, language, and are much bleaker in plot. Maybe I'm just imagining things, but it just feels more Russian. "The Leonardo" was probably my favorite story overall.
Mar 29, 2009 rated it it was amazing
A great collection of short stories. I liked every single one.
Short stories, very well written of course and with a lot of melancholy and humor. This said, a bit light to read, imho.
Sep 08, 2012 rated it liked it
Jun 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
A lovely series of short sketches of post-revolution Russian émigrés living in Berlin.
Salvatore Leone
Aug 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
Spare, depressing stories, all well written, and quite different from his novels. Recommend.
Aug 23, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Read most of the stories. I'll get around to the last few some time in the future. Really enjoyed all of them, especially the one that took place in the museum.
Aug 29, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: classics
Eminently readable.
Jul 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
uplifting is not a word i would use to describe this book
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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 a big interest in chess problems.

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