Search Results: "Vladimir Nabokov"


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TRANSPARENT THINGS by Vladimir Nabokov
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 15, 1972

"But all in all there is no question that the artifice often veers into artificiality (remember Ada) and that what can only have been a minor diversion for Nabokov doesn't amount to more than a diddle, an occasional diddle."
Nabokov once remarked that his true cher lecteur would be "a little Nabokov"; it will only be the little Nabokov who will enjoy (and find familiar comfort in) the Nabokovisms which this slight novella so fully illustrates: the theme, to start with, those transparent things "through which the past shines" and once again memory speaks; the language full of those "nobiliary particles" and spackled with French and Russian as well as his own matchless vocabulary; and the ancillary love or lust — in Nabokov lechery is never more than a glint of the mind's eye. Read full book review >

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LOLITA by Vladimir Nabokov
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 18, 1958

"Any bookseller should be very sure that he knows in advance that he is selling very literate pornography."
Nabokov is not unknown here. Read full book review >

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LECTURES ON DON QUIXOTE by Vladimir Nabokov
Released: Feb. 25, 1982

"But the bon mots here are scarce, and the book is little more than an acerbic, uninvolved study-guide—for Nabokov fanatics only."
Quite the least interesting, most dutiful of Nabokov's collegiate lectures on literature, these talks on Don Quixote were given at Harvard, 1951-52. Read full book review >

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Released: Nov. 21, 1984

"Indifferent playwrighting, mildly provocative essays: a minor addition to the Nabokov shelf."
Two essays on drama highlight this rather marginal contribution to the Nabokov oeuvre—and Nabokov approaches theater in a dismissive, acerbic humor, much as he approached Russian literature in the recently published Lectures. Read full book review >

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PALE FIRE by Vladimir Nabokov
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 28, 1962

"Count on intellectual snob appeal."
Another wholly different, baffling, brilliant book, full of word plays and tricky meanings. Read full book review >

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Released: Oct. 1, 1981

"In any case, it's a disappointing follow-up to the previous, dazzling Lectures—with only one great essay (available elsewhere) and much of the space taken up by over-extensive excerpts."
These 1950s Cornell lectures address a subject on which you would expect Nabokov to be nonpareil. Read full book review >

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KING, QUEEN, KNAVE by Vladimir Nabokov
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 13, 1968

"However, in terms of the general reader, this is one of his most open-faced entertainments and while Nabokov really plays the hand, he does so in a jauntily diabolical fashion."
This is Nabokov's second novel, written in 1928, which he has recently retouched and which he presents here in a new introduction as his "gayest." Read full book review >

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INVITATION TO A BEHEADING by Vladimir Nabokov
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 23, 1959

"Obviously not for the market of Lolita- but critical attention should help to bring this to the attention of an intellectually fastidious audience."
Written long before Lolita, twenty five years ago, this is both a specific study in terrorism- and an allegory of Man in prison (Life) awaiting his own execution for the vague crime of being Different (Alive). Read full book review >

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THE LUZHIN DEFENSE by Vladimir Nabokov
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 24, 1964

"A classic conte, with a brilliant descriptive elegance and all the impalpable tension and hushed fascination of a grandmaster's game."
This sibilant, dazzling tale by the writer who has been defined as the leading fabulist of our time was written in 1930 (the period of The Gift) and it deals with the "spectral art" of chess here carried to the point of obsession which is so much a part of Nabokov's integral work both past and present. Read full book review >

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GLORY by Vladimir Nabokov
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1971

"No 'ideas,' of course, just echoes and nuances and matchless phrases."
A toast to Nabokov! Read full book review >

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POEMS AND PROBLEMS by Vladimir Nabokov
Released: May 1, 1971

"Custodian of the past, a lost Eden (in his case, pre-revolutionary Russia), he is also the crafty guardian of language, cultivating his verbal capital, his baubles and arabesques, creating a gilded barrier between himself and the"
Nabokov is a master of nostalgia, what he calls "the savour of anciency." Read full book review >

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SPEAK, MEMORY by Vladimir Nabokov
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1951

"A minor classic, one of the richest works of a master stylist."
A colored spiral in a small ball of glass, this is how I see my life," remarks Nabokov in an almost mock-Hegelian passage near the end of a rippling, vivid, ironically elegiac memoir, ranging "geographically from St. Read full book review >