Mary

Mary

Vladimir Nabokov


Mary is a gripping story of stripling, old flame, and nostalgia--Nabokov's first novel.  In a Berlin rooming condo jam-packed with an collection of seriocomic Russian émigrés, Lev Ganin, a lively younger officer poised among his previous and his destiny, relives his past love affair.  His thoughts of Mary are suffused with the freshness of sweet sixteen and the idyllic atmosphere of pre-revolutionary Russia.  In stark distinction is the decidedly unappealing boarder dwelling within the room subsequent to Ganin's, who, he discovers, is Mary's husband, briefly separated from her via the Revolution yet anticipating her impending arrival from Russia.

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