Bend Sinister

Bend Sinister

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This title is part of the fabulous new hardback library of 22 Vladimir Nabokov books, publishing over the coming year, with an elegant new jacket and text design. The state has been recently taken over and is being run by the tyrannical and philistine 'Average Man' party. Under the slogans of equality and happiness for all, it has done away with individualism and freedom of thought. Only John Krug, a brilliant philosopher, stands up to the regime. His antagonist, the leader of the new party, is his old school enemy, Paduk - known as the 'Toad'. Grieving over his wife's recent death, Krug is at first dismissive of Paduk's activities and sees no threat in them. But the sinister machine which Paduk has set in motion may prove stronger than the individual, stronger even than the grotesque 'Toad' himself.
Publisher: London : Penguin Classics, 2012
Copyright Date: ©1964
ISBN: 9780141197005
Branch Call Number: NABOKOV
Characteristics: xiii, 286 pages ; 20 cm

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lukasevansherman
May 01, 2015

This was the first novel the Russian-born Nabokov wrote in America, where he lived, worked, and taught for a period. Nabokov claims in the introduction not to be interested in politics or books with "messages" (he mean-spiritedly dismissed Orwell), but he and his family had to flee the Bolsheviks and he lived in exile for the rest of his life, so it seems implausible that he totally avoided politics. As Orwell said, "all art is propaganda" and this is a book about a tyrant who controls a police state and of a helpless man caught in its grip. Originally published in 1947. "The term 'bend sinister' means a heraldic bar or band drawn from the left side (and popularly, but incorrectly, supposed to denote bastardry)."-from the introduction

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