Vladimir Nabokov: Korol', dama, valet [King, Queen, Knave]

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Nabokov's second novel, Korol', Dama, Valet was published in 1928 by the Berlin émigré publishing house, Slovo. Nearly forty years later, Nabokov turned to the task of producing an English translation – King, Queen, Knave – which was published in 1968. In 1972, a film version by Polish director Jerzy Skolimowski, starring Gina Lollobrigida and David Niven, was nominated for the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival.

Korol', Dama, Valet marked a distinct departure from the “destitution”, “nostalgia” and “human humidity” of Nabokov's first novel, Mashen'ka [Mary], initiating a process of “gradual inner …

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Wyllie, Barbara. "Korol', dama, valet". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 20 December 2005
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