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Pnin Setting & Symbolism

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Waindell College

Waindell College is where Pnin teaches Russian.

Cremona

As the story opens, Pnin is trying to get to Cremona to deliver a lecture on Russian culture to a lady's club.

Russia

Pnin, like many characters in the story, including the narrator, is from Russia, but left after the Bolshevik Revolution.

Bolshevik Revolution

The Bolshevik Revolution was the communist takeover of Russia in 1917. It was followed by bloody civil war.

Constantinople

Pnin went to university and earned his degree at the University of Constantinople.

Paris

After studying in Constantinople, Pnin went to Paris where he met Liza.

Soviet Gold Fund of Literature, Volume 18

Soviet Gold Fund of Literature, Volume 18 is the book which Pnin thinks he is forced to return to Waindell's library. As it turns out, there was a clerical error and he is allowed to keep it.

The Pines

The Pines is a secluded, rural...

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