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  • One of the men arrested in the Hutaree group used the name Pale Fire when he posted material on militia Web sites.

    All Stories | The New York Observer

  • The point he was making was that in Pale Fire all the really important things are put in the footnotes.

    Zero-Sum Future

  • Perhaps his finest illustration of this is captured in Pale Fire, his stunning metafictional novel, which is both a poem (by VN's character, mild-mannered poet John Shade) and a much-longer critical commentary (by VN's character, the potentially deranged Charles Kinbote).

    Tamsin Smith: Nabokov's Other Gift

  • So, you wind up with a lovely subset of nonfiction that often reads like Kinbote from Pale Fire is your narrator.

    Paradigms & Fairytales: What’s Your Favorite Eccentric Nonfiction Book? (Er, and Beer)

  • Invitation is a personal preference, but I think Pale Fire has to be in his top two.

    Five Books of professors

  • I like Pnin, but I think it's Nabokov's fourth best, after Lolita, Pale Fire, and Invitation to a Beheading.

    Five Books of professors

  • Nabokov had the energy, determination, intelligence, ability to hold many things in his head at once think of the architecture of Pale Fire, competitive streak, and so forth to be a top chess player.

    What % Of 7-Footers Play Basketball?

  • The patriarch in question is the late Vladimir Nabokov, author of Lolita (1955), Pale Fire (1962) and Speak Memory (1967), among others.

    Archive 2008-01-01

  • My cousin made me read Pale Fire, by Vladimir Nabokov, when I was thirteen.


  • Zembla is an imaginary Scandinavian/Russian kingdom, the obsessionally-detailed fantasy of the delusional narrator of Nabokov's Pale Fire, who believes that he is the ex-King of Zembla, exiled in the United States.

    Mark Thwaite interviews Peter Davidson


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