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Pnin, by Vladimir NabokovRead about all ten works on Mullan's list.
Nabokov's expatriate Russian prof prizes above all a lovely aquamarine bowl, a gift from his son. He places it in the sink after a party and hears a terrible sound of breaking glass. Moaning, he dips his hand into the foam and cuts himself – but on a broken goblet. The bowl is intact ; fate is not cruel after all.