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  • Published: 22 October 2013
  • ISBN: 9780718192884
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 288

King, Queen, Knave




Brimming with wordplay, games and curious characters - including an eccentric inventor of robotic 'automannequins' - King, Queen, Knave is a sensual and surprising black comedy

'Of all my novels this bright brute is the gayest', Nabokov wrote of King, Queen, Knave. Comic, sensual and cerebral, it dramatizes an Oedipal love triangle, a tragi-comedy of husband, wife and lover, through Dreyer the rich businessman, his ripe-lipped ad mercenary wife Martha, and their bespectacled nephew Franz. 'If a resolute Freudian manages to slip in' - Nabokov darts a glance to the reader - 'he or she should be warned that a number of cruel traps have been set here and there...'

  • Published: 22 October 2013
  • ISBN: 9780718192884
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 288

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Praise for King, Queen, Knave

He did us all an honour by electing to use, and transform, our language.

Anthony Burgess

Nabokov can move you to laughter in the way that masters can - to laughter that is near to tears.

The Guardian