"He was powerless because he had no precise desire, and this tortured him because he was vainly seeking something to desire": First edition in English of Nabokov's first novel Mary


NABOKOV, Vladimir. Translated from the Russian by Michael Glenny.


Item Number: 89061

New York: McGraw-Hill International, Inc, 1970.

First edition in English of Nabokov’s debut novel. Octavo, original black cloth, mustard yellow endpapers. Fine in a fine dust jacket. A very sharp example.

Nabokov's debut novel, Mary, recounts the tale of Lev Glebovich Ganin, a Russian émigré and former White Guard Officer displaced by the Russian Revolution. Now living in a boarding house in Berlin, Ganin soon learns that his long-lost first love, Mary, is now the wife of one of his most unappealing neighbors and contrives a plot to reunite with her.

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