"Novices must learn to skim over matter if they want matter to stay at the exact level of the moment. Transparent things, through which the past shines!" First edition of Nabokov's Transparent Things

  • Transparent Things.

Transparent Things.

Item Number: 89049

New York: McGraw-Hill, 1972.

First edition of Nabokov’s 1972 novella. Octavo, original black cloth. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Photographic portrait of Nabokov on the rare panel of dust jacket by Halsman. A very sharp example.

"Vladimir Nabokov, having spent his life building the Taj Mahal, has decided at the age of 73—for his own amusement and incidentally for our pleasure—to construct a small mock replica. The miniature is not flawed, no, but the most splendid features of the great model have been just slightly parodied, out of playfulness almost." Gallant found the short novel to be "as casual, as unpredictable, as eccentric and as daunting as Mr. Nabokov's genius" - Mavis Gallant, The New York Times Book Review.