"A fitting name for it might be telemort, or to keep it all greek telethanasia": First edition of Nabokov's Tragicomedy The Waltz Invention

  • The Waltz Invention: A Play in Three Acts.

The Waltz Invention: A Play in Three Acts.


Item Number: 81056

New York: Phaedra Publishers, Inc, 1966.

First American edition of Nabokov’s prophetic tragicomedy. Octavo, original blue cloth. Fine in a near fine dust jacket.



In an unnamed country in 1935, inventor Salvator Waltz declares that he controls a new machine of immense destructive power called Telemort that has the capability to destroy mountains, cities, and even countries. Dismissed by the Minister of War, Waltz proceeds to conduct a series of escalating experimental explosions after which he is captured and institutionalized.

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