First British Edition of Nabokov's Bend Sinister
Item Number: 73098
London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1960.
First British edition of Nabokov’s first novel written in America. Octavo, original cloth. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with some light wear to the spine. Jacket design by Eric Ayers.
Bend Sinister was the first novel he wrote while living in America and the most overtly political novel he ever wrote. While it is filled with veiled puns and characteristically delightful wordplay, it is, first and foremost, a haunting and compelling narrative about a civilized man caught in the tyranny of a police state. It is first and foremost a compelling narrative about a civilized man and his child caught up in the tyranny of a police state. Professor Adam Krug, the country's foremost philosopher, offers the only hope of resistance to Paduk, dictator and leader of the Party of the Average Man. In a folly of bureaucratic bungling and ineptitude, the government attempts to co-opt Krug's support in order to validate the new regime.