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    Clever, dark, and amusing

    “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.” So Nabokov begins his clever tale, which is all about the details of the demise. Reading Albinus’ undoing is like watching a stylish, old film.


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