The Stories of Vladimir Nabokov

  • by Vladimir Nabokov
  • Narrated by Arthur Morey
  • 31 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

From Vladimir Nabokov, the writer who shocked and delighted the world with his novels Lolita, Pale Fire, and Ada, or Ardor, comes a magnificent collection of stories. Written between the 1920s and the 1950s, these 68 tales — 14 of which have been translated into English for the first time - display all the shades of Nabokov’s imagination. They range from sprightly fables to bittersweet tales of loss, from claustrophobic exercises in horror to a connoisseur’s samplings of the table of human folly. Read as a whole, The Stories of Vladimir Nabokov offers an intoxicating draft of the master’s genius, his devious wit, and his ability to turn language into an instrument of ecstasy.
This edition includes the newly discovered story “Natasha.”


What the Critics Say

“Sumptuous . . . glorious.” (The New York Times)
"Some of the most nape-tingling prose and devilish inventions in twentieth-century letters. . . . An authentic literary event.” (Time)


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A Kaleidoscope of Nabokov Bábochkas

In someways reading/listening to Nabokov's stories is like swimming in a turbulent river of all his great themes (doppelgängers, the creative process, loss, nostalgia for Russia, the individual, obsession, dreams/reality, etc).

While there were some stories that were masterpieces, the strength of this book really is the ability it gives the Nabokov enthusiast to easily see the development of a great writer from the early 20s to the late 50s.

One only needs to read 'Terra Incognita' to see the seeds of his novel 'Ada: or Ardor'. This collection is a must for those who adore Nabokov, but also an interesting introduction to Nabokov for those whose only exposure may be "Lolita'.

Here are the stories as they appear in this collection:


"The Wood-Sprite"
"Russian Spoken Here"
"A Matter of Chance"
"The Seaport"
"Details of a Sunset"
"The Thunderstorm"
"La Veneziana"
"The Dragon"
"A Letter That Never Reached Russia"
"The Fight"
"The Return of Chorb"
"A Guide to Berlin"
"A Nursery Tale"
"The Passenger"
"The Doorbell"
"An Affair of Honor"
"The Christmas Story"
"The Potato Elf"
"The Aurelian"
"A Dashing Fellow"
"A Bad Day"
"The Visit to the Museum"
"A Busy Man"
"Terra Incognita"
"The Reunion"
"Lips to Lips"
"The Admiralty Spire"
"The Leonardo"
"In Memory of L. I. Shigaev"
"The Circle"
"A Russian Beauty"
"Breaking the News"
"Torpid Smoke"
"A Slice of Life"
"Spring in Fialta"
"Cloud, Castle, Lake"
"Tyrants Destroyed"
"Vasiliy Shishkov"
"Ultima Thule"
"Solus Rex"


"Mademoiselle O"


"The Assistant Producer"
"That in Aleppo Once…"
"A Forgotten Poet"
"Time and Ebb"
"Conversation Piece, 1945"
"Signs and Symbols"
"First Love"
"Scenes from the Life of a Double Monster"
"The Vane Sisters"
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- Darwin8u "I write for myself, for my own pleasure. And I want to be left alone to do it. - Salinger ^(;,;)^"

No discernable beginning or end to the stories.

I love Nabokov, especially his short stories, but this production stinks. You can't tell when one story ends and another begins, and I kept on finding myself zoning out while I was listening. For me, a very bad sign with an audiobook. I would happily try this again with another narrator and another production company.
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- Madelaine

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-22-2010
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio