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By Vladimir Nabokov

Albinus, a decent, middle-aged guy and aspiring filmmaker, abandons his spouse for a lover part his age: Margot, who desires to turn into a film famous person herself. while Albinus introduces her to Rex, an American motion picture manufacturer, catastrophe ensues. What emerges is an elegantly sardonic and irresistibly ironic novel of wish, deceit, and deception, a curious romance set within the movie international of Berlin within the Nineteen Thirties. From the Trade Read more...

summary: Albinus, a decent, middle-aged guy and aspiring filmmaker, abandons his spouse for a lover part his age: Margot, who desires to develop into a film big name herself. whilst Albinus introduces her to Rex, an American motion picture manufacturer, catastrophe ensues. What emerges is an elegantly sardonic and irresistibly ironic novel of wish, deceit, and deception, a curious romance set within the movie global of Berlin within the Nineteen Thirties. From the alternate Paperback version

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It flurried her so that she involuntarily hurried her steps, neglecting the dog, which followed with its body at a slight angle to the line of its wobbly trot. Frau Levandovsky got wind of these secret meetings and henceforth took out the dachshund herself. More than a week passed in this manner. Then Miller resolved to act. It would have been absurd to pay the huge price demanded since he was on the point of getting what he wanted without the woman’s help. One night he told her and Margot three more funny stories, the funniest they had yet heard, drank three cups of coffee and then, walking up to Frau Levandovsky, gathered her up in his arms, rushed her into the lavatory, nimbly drew out the key, and locked the door from the outside.

Then she heard him pack and lock the small suitcase he used for the odds and ends he brought to the flat. ” She did not stir. What was he doing? She twitched her bare shoulder. “Don’t move,” he repeated. For a couple of minutes there was silence except for a faint grating sound which somehow seemed familiar. “Now you may turn,” he said. But Margot still lay motionless. He walked up to her, kissed her ear and went out quickly. The kiss sang in her ear for quite a while. She lay in bed the whole day.

By all means,” said Elisabeth, and sighed with relief as she hung up. Albinus prepared to go on with the letter. Elisabeth held her daughter by the wrists and was telling her something funny, laughing, kissing her and giving her a little tug after every sentence. Irma went on smiling demurely, as she shuffled with her shoe on the floor. Again the telephone rang. This time Albinus attended to it. “Good morning, Albert dear,” said a feminine voice. “Who—” began Albinus, and suddenly he had the sickening sensation of going down a very fast lift.

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