"I met the first of my three or four successive wives in somewhat odd circumstances": First edition of Nabokov's Look at the Harlequins!

  • Look at the Harlequins!

Look at the Harlequins!


Item Number: 89041

New York: McGraw-Hill, 1974.

First edition of the final novel published before Nabokov’s death. Octavo, original boards. Near fine in a very good dust jacket with one small chip back panel. Dust jacket portrait of Nabokov by Halsman. Jacket design by Robert L. Mitchell.

A fictional autobiography narrated by Vadim Vadimovich N., Look at the Harlequins! tells the story of an almost uncanny biographical likeness to the novel's author, Vladimir Nabokov. Many critics viewed the parallels between the author and his character as a parody, or a way for Nabokov to poke fun at the commonly held public belief that the controversial protagonist of Lolita was also a reflection of the "sexually deviant" author.

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