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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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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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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Released: Sept. 1, 1989

"In other words, classic Nabokov."
Hilarious collection of letters by the Russian-American maestro that must rank as one of the most contentious and eccentric of all time. 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 >

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THE TRAGEDY OF MISTER MORN by Vladimir Nabokov
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 19, 2013

"A minor work in the overall Nabokov canon, but an intriguing riff on Elizabethan drama nonetheless."
An early, recently unearthed play by the 20th-century master, heavily critical of politics and hinting at the brilliance to come. Read full book review >

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PNIN by Vladimir Nabokov
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 7, 1957

"And why do books which have appeared in the New Yorker rarely get proper editing, so that the reader is constantly having people and events re-explained to him?"
This sad-amusing little book is a series of short stories about Professor Timofey Pnin, an emigre Russian intellectual and teacher of Russian at Waindell College. Read full book review >

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LETTERS TO VÉRA by Vladimir Nabokov
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 4, 2015

"Fans of Nabokov, and certainly scholars, will be captivated by these intimate expressions of the writer's heart and mind."
Portrait of a marriage, revealed through a legendary writer's letters to his wife. Read full book review >