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By: Nabokov, Vladimir

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Part of the Penguin Modern Classics series
014118454X / 9780141184548
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Reprint. Originally published: New York: Putnam; London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1966.

'A work of rapture - jolting, hilarious and incredibly racy' Martin Amis, The TimesSelf-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 doppelganger, 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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