What are the best best novels by Nabokov?

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    #1King, Queen, Knave

    King, Queen, Knave

    King, Queen, Knave is a classical fiction novel by Vladimir Nabokov which follows the story of an Oedipal love-triangle as well as the tragic comedy that the situation presents. It was published in 2010 by Penguin Books.

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    Robert Robinson
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "While King, Queen, Knave is a novel by Nabokov, it is not considered one of his best works. I would look elsewhere for one of the best works by him."
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    #2Invitation to a Beheading

    Invitation to a Beheading

    Invitation to a Beheading is a classical fiction novel by Vladimir Nabokov which follows the story of Cincinnatus C., a man in jail bound to be beheaded for "gnostical turpitude", an imaginary crime. It was published in 1989 by Vintage.

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    Raymond Parker
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "My brother turned me on to the author Vladimir Nabokov. He lent me a copy of this book. Such a dark plot and engaging writing. Ive read a few other works by the author but this so far has been my favorite. A must read for any fan of fiction. Just amazing writing."
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    #3Lolita

    Lolita
    Vladimir Nabokov's controversial novel, Lolita, tells the story of Humbert Humbert, a middle-aged literature professor, and his obsessive desire for his stepdaughter, 12-year-old Dolores Haze.
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    Russell Garrett
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "I love reading novels especially those written by Nabokov. The best novel of his I have ever read was Lolita which details a man's obsession for his 12 year old stepdaughter. "
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    #4Laughter in the Dark

    Laughter in the Dark

    Laughter in the Dark is a classical fiction novel by Vladimir Nabokov which follows the story of Albinus, a rich man who fell prey to his own desires, eventually falling to his ruin. It was published in 2006 by New Directions.

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    Elizabeth Ford
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "Once upon a time there lived in Berlin, Germany, a man called Albinus. He was rich, respectable, happy; one day he abandoned his wife for the sake of a youthful mistress; he loved; was not loved; and his life ended in disaster. This is the whole of the story and we might have left it at that had there not been profit and pleasure in the telling; and although there is plenty of space on a gravestone to contain, bound in moss, the abridged version of a man's life, detail is always welcom"
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    #5Pnin

    Pnin

    Pnin is a classical fiction novel by Vladimir Nabokov which follows the story of Professor Timofey Pnin, a Russian immigrant who finds himself employed in an American college campus in the 1950s. It was published in 2004 by Everyman's Library.

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    Jack Henderson
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "may be boring to read"
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    #6The Gift

    The Gift

    The Gift is a classical fiction novel by Vladimir Nabokov and his ode to Russian literature. It is the story of Godunov, a poor poet who dreams of writing a book someday. It was originally written in Russian and was published in 2001 by Penguin Books.

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    Kevin Diaz
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "The best best novel by Nabokov is The Gift. This gorgeous tapestry of literature and butterflies tells the story of Fyodor's pursuits as a writer. Its heroine is not Fyodor's elusive and beloved Zina, however, but Russian prose and poetry themselves."
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    #7Transparent Things

    Transparent Things

    Transparent Things is a classical fiction novel by Vladimir which follow Hugh Person and his journey throughout his life, as well as his adventures of love, murder, madness, and imprisonment. It was published in 1989 by Vintage.

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    Alexander Ferguson
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "This is a real life story, and i can say that it has been very interesting for me, i have had a very good time reading this book, and knowing different challenges people go through and how they solve these problems with the help of their strong character. "
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    #8The Original of Laura

    The Original of Laura
    The Original of Laura is a classical fiction novel by Vladimir Nabokov and his last unfinished work. He had asked his heirs to burn his rough draft, but his son Dmitri allowed it to be published. It was published in 2009 by Knopf Publishing Group.
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    Eric Mitchell
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "Just from the plot of this book it sounds depressing. I understand some people enjoy these types of plots but I find them not fun."
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    #9Bend Sinister

    Bend Sinister

    Bend Sinister is a classical fiction novel by Vladimir Nabokov which follows the story of John Krug, a philosopher who stands up to the Average Man party which seeks to eliminate individualism. It was published in 2015 by Penguin Books Ltd.

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    Lawrence West
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "I love this author as he writes in a way that is very refreshing to me. It is rare to see a character develop in such a way that is so unexpected and new. It has some crazy stuff in it! If you like gripping and engaging reads, this is the one for you."
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    #10Despair

    Despair

    Despair is a fictional book written by Vladimir Nabokov. Despair was published on May 14, 1989 by Vintage. This Nabokov's book follows the life of a man named Hermann.

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    Joseph Mendoza
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "Despair is such a wonderful book written by Nabokov. My biggest piece of advice is to avoid reading any descriptions about this book and to go in blind because you don't want the twist revealed to you. I highly recommend this book."
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    #11Ada, or Ardor: A Family Chronicle

    Ada, or Ardor: A Family Chronicle

    Ada, or Ardor: A Family Chronicle is a fictional book written by Vladimir Nabokov. Ada, or Ardor: A Family Chronicle was published February 19, 1990 by Vintage.

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    Sandra Wells
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "This is the best book written by Nabokov. The book has some dark humor and is a very philosophical take on the family."
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    #12Pale Fire

    Pale Fire
    Pale Fire is Vladimir Nabokov's dark and postmodern novel filled with suspense, deceptive pleasures, literary idolatry, and political intrigue. Dr. Charles Kinbote wrote a foreword and a comment in this book.
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Best What are the best best novels by Nabokov
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1King, Queen, Knave Books 28 Paid
2Invitation to a BeheadingBooks 26 Paid
3LolitaBooks 25 Paid
4Laughter in the DarkBooks 23 Paid
5Pnin Books 20 Paid
6The GiftBooks 19 Paid
7Transparent ThingsBooks 17 Paid
8The Original of LauraBooks 12 Paid
9Bend Sinister Books 10 Paid
10DespairBooks 3 Paid
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