Search Results: "Vladimir Nabokov"


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LECTURES ON LITERATURE by Vladimir Nabokov
Released: Oct. 22, 1980

"Distinctive and demanding."
Not really essays, not genial and general E. M. Forster-ish talks either, nor stirring defenses nor rhetorical destructions, these lectures Nabokov prepared and gave at Cornell in the Fifties are just that: he talks and reads, we listen (the same general approach—heirophant picking out the mystery from the dross—that Nabokov used in his own fiction); and literature is taken apart like a boxful of toys: "impersonal imagination and artistic delight," "the supremacy of the detail over the general, of the part that is more alive than the whole." 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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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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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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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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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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CONCLUSIVE EVIDENCE by Vladimir Nabokov
Released: Jan. 1, 1951

"Most of the stories have appeared in The New Yorker, others were first printed in Monthly and the Review For a specified market."
Charming, incisive, but never biting remembrances from the author's past when he was action of a wealthy St. 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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NABOKOV'S DOZEN by Vladimir Nabokov
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 18, 1958

"It is especially interesting in that the author of and L there seem letting the strains of those two most different books work or fight it out together."
This collection of thirteen short stories is uneven and ranges from three or four first class short stories through various memories, curiosities, character sketches and a Kafka-esque horror story, to oddments that are next to pointless. Read full book review >

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A RUSSIAN BEAUTY & OTHER STORIES by Vladimir Nabokov
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1973

"And all to hide the fact that just possibly the puppeteer has a heart."
Nabokov has always been a conjurer writer whose rippling presence we can feel on every page and yet one who holds himself satanically aloof from us. Read full book review >

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LOOK AT THE HARLEQUINS! by Vladimir Nabokov
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1974

"Am not another; therefore I'll not die."
Look at the harlequins — trees, words, "situations and sums. . . jokes, images. . . 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 >