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Despair

Vladimir Nabokov
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd (Penguin Classics)
Published: November 30, 2000
ISBN: 9780141184548
176 pages
Country of publication: United Kingdom

£9.99

Self-satisfied, delighting in the many fascinating quirks of his own personality, Hermann Hermann is perhaps not to be taken too seriously. But then a chance meeting with Felix, a man he believes to be his double, reveals a frightening ‘split’ in Hermann’s nature. Convinced that he has found his doppelgänger, Hermann uses this discovery to weave a money-making plan that leads to disguise, betrayal and eventually murder.

Filled with impudent, startling humour, and dominated by the egotistical and scornful figure of a killer who thinks himself an artist, Despair takes us into a deranged world of doubles and illusions, where nothing is quite as it seems.

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