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Ada; or Ardor: A Family Chronicle (1969)

A novel by Vladimir Nabokov. Set in the land of Amerussia, on the planet Antiterra, the novel consists of the memoirs of Dr. Van Veen, with interpolated commentary by his lover and sister Ada. The action of the novel, written in five parts, centers on Van and Ada's long-term incestuous love affair and on Van's effort to write his philosophical treatise The Texture of Time. The novel is loose and rambling and contains some of Nabokov's most inventive verbal games and experiments with time. Its allusions and themes draw on the history of European literature, the history of art, science fiction, and lepidopterology, among other things.

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