Laughter in the Dark

by Vladimir Nabokov | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0679724508 Global Overview for this book
Registered by anavolena of Orlando, Florida USA on 12/12/2003
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Journal Entry 1 by anavolena from Orlando, Florida USA on Friday, December 12, 2003
From the back:

Albinus, a respectable, middle-aged man and aspiring filmmaker, abandons his wife for a lover half his age: Margot, who wants to become a movie star herself. When Albinus introduces her to Rex, an American movie producer, disaster ensues. What emerges is an elegantly sardonic and irresistibly ironic novel of desire, deceit, and deception, a curious romance set in the film world of Berlin in the 1930s.


I have to confess, it's been long enough since I last read this one that I don't recall the details of the plot (I found boarding passes from a trip I took to San Diego in 1996 tucked inside the pages). I do remember that, as usual, Nabokov delights with his mastery of language and imagery. His achievement is particularly impressive considering this is his English translation of a novel he originally wrote in Russian, with the title Kamera obscura.

Journal Entry 2 by anavolena from Orlando, Florida USA on Monday, December 22, 2003
Mailed to JDT on Dec. 31, 2003, after accepted on CasualReader's BookRelay site, in the ESL Fiction relay: http://www.casualreader.net/bookrelay/relay.php?id=35.

Journal Entry 3 by wingJDTwing from Pleasanton, California USA on Thursday, January 08, 2004
I like the cover art!
And who can resist a Russian novel of desire, deceit, and deception?!
Thanks for this book relay, anavolena!

Journal Entry 4 by wingJDTwing from Pleasanton, California USA on Wednesday, September 01, 2004
Sent to bookmaniac70 in Bulgaria - part of a book relay.
Enjoy!

Journal Entry 5 by bookmaniac70 from София / Sofia, Sofiya Bulgaria on Monday, November 01, 2004
Received today from the hands of the postwoman.I forgot about accepting this book on Relay site,so it was a nice surprise.Thank you so much for sending it!

Journal Entry 6 by bookmaniac70 from София / Sofia, Sofiya Bulgaria on Saturday, January 14, 2006
I`m organising a small bookring for this book.

Participants:

safrolistics (UK)
okyrhoe (Greece)
dospescados (US)
----->back to me

Released 14 yrs ago (1/20/2006 UTC) at bookring in Mailed to another BC member, a fellow bookcrosser -- Controlled Releases

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Journal Entry 8 by Safrolistics from Newbiggin-By-The-Sea, Northumberland United Kingdom on Friday, January 27, 2006
Received today, thanks bookmaniac70


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Journal Entry 9 by Safrolistics from Newbiggin-By-The-Sea, Northumberland United Kingdom on Thursday, February 02, 2006
I was surprised at how light I found the reading, did think it was going to be a bit heavy going!
Just waiting for the address of the next on the ring, and then I'll post it out.

Journal Entry 10 by Safrolistics at on Thursday, February 02, 2006

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Journal Entry 11 by okyrhoe from Athens - Αθήνα, Attica Greece on Thursday, March 16, 2006
Arrived in my mailbox today. Thanks bookmaniac70 & safrolistics!

Journal Entry 12 by okyrhoe from Athens - Αθήνα, Attica Greece on Wednesday, May 10, 2006
The nastification of the "great European" adultery novel. The black humor here cuts very deep, maybe a little too sadistic, too starkly black/white, compared to the multiplicitous subleties of hue in Lolita.

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On its way to dospescados.

Journal Entry 13 by dospescados on Friday, May 19, 2006
Thanks, I'm looking forward to it!

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