So begins LAUGHTER IN THE DARK (aka Kamera Obscura in the original Russian), Vladimir Nabokov’s sixth novel published in Berlin in 1933. The brilliance of it is that Nabokov tells you what is going to happen in such a way that he still makes you want to read about it. The only other person who carried off the same trick with similar panache is Gabriel Garcia Marquez in his Chronicle of a History Foretold.
LAUGHTER IN THE DARK is a brilliantly wicked piece set in the movie world of Berlin during the early 1930s. I won’t reveal the plot, but suffice it to say that if you’ve enjoyed Lolita, you should enjoy this novel, which has some interesting parallels. Five stars.