American Literature


By Vladimir Nabokov

Glory is the wryly ironic tale of Martin Edelweiss, a twenty-two-year-old Russian émigré of no account, who's in love with a lady who refuses to marry him.  Convinced that his existence is set to be wasted and hoping to provoke his love, he embarks on a "perilous, daredevil project"--an unlawful try to re-enter the Soviet Union, from which he and his mom had fled in 1919.  He succeeds--but at a negative rate.

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In case you have assuaged your starvation and are yes you don’t wish something extra, we will begin. ” the line was once brightly sunlit and had many turns; a wall of rock with thorny timber blooming in its cracks rose at the correct, whereas at the left there has been a precipice and a valley the place water in crescents of froth ran down over ledges; then got here darkish conifers clustering in shut ranks now on one facet, now at the different; mountains loomed throughout, imperceptibly altering place; they have been greenish with streaks of snow; grayer ones seemed out from at the back of their shoulders, and much past there have been giants of an opaque violet whiteness, and those by no means moved, and the sky above them appeared pale compared to the bright-blue patches among the tops of the black firs lower than which the auto handed. abruptly, with a sensation nonetheless new to him, Martin remembered the dense fir edge of their park in Russia as noticeable via a lozenge of blue glass at the veranda. And whilst, stretching his just a little vibrating legs and feeling a clear buzzing in his head, he acquired out of the automobile, he was once struck by means of the clean tough odor of earth and melting snow, and by way of the country great thing about his uncle’s apartment. It stood on its own part a kilometer from the closest hamlet, and the head balcony provided a type of magnificent perspectives which are even scary of their ethereal perfection. an analogous Russian vernal blue sky appeared into the window of the neat little WC, with its scent of wooden and resin. throughout, within the backyard with its naked, black platbands and white apple bloom, and within the fir wooded area correct in the back of the orchard, and at the dust street resulting in the village, there has been a funky, chuffed silence, a silence that knew anything, and Martin felt a bit dizzy, possibly from this silence, might be from the smells, or maybe from the newfound happy immobility after the three-hour force. during this chalet Martin lived until eventually overdue fall. It was once presumed that he could input the college of Geneva that very wintry weather; even though, after a full of life trade of letters with associates in England, Sofia despatched him to Cambridge. Uncle Henry didn't instantly reconcile himself to this: he disliked the English, whom he thought of a chilly, perfidious state. however the idea of the charges the recognized college required not just didn't sadden him, yet, to the contrary, was once tempting. Fond as he used to be of economizing on trifles, clenching a penny in his left hand, he willingly wrote huge assessments with the suitable, particularly whilst the price was once an honorable one. occasionally, really touchingly, he may feign eccentric pigheadedness, slapping the desk along with his palm, puffing out his mustache, and shouting, “If I do it, I do it since it provides me excitement! ” With a sigh Sofia might slip the bracelet watch from Geneva on her wrist, whereas moist-eyed Henry may dig in his pocket for a voluminous handkerchief, trumpet as soon as, two times, after which soft his mustache to the proper and to the left. With the onset of summer time the cross-marked sheep have been herded better into the mountains.

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