By Wyllie, Barbara; Nabokov, Vladimir Vladimirovich
Best identified for his deeply debatable 1955 novel, Lolita, Vladimir Nabokov (1899-1977) is well known as some of the most specified literary stylists of the 20th century. In Vladimir Nabokov, Barbara Wyllie offers a finished account of the lifestyles and works of the author, from his adolescence and earliest tales in pre-revolutionary Russia, to The unique of Laura—a novel written nearly solely on index playing cards released for the 1st time in 2009, might be opposed to Nabokov’s wishes.
This literary biography investigates the author’s poetry and prose, in either Russian and English, and examines the connection among Nabokov’s awesome erudition and the subjects that recur all through his works. His services as a consultant in butterflies complemented his extensive wisdom of Russian and Western eu tradition, philosophy, and historical past, and trained the topics of transformation and transcendence that dominate his paintings. Wyllie strains his lifelong preoccupations with time, reminiscence, and mortality throughout either his Russian and English works, and he or she illuminates his special via distinct research of his significant novels. Wyllie assesses his poetry and prose kind along Nabokov’s personal autobiography, letters, and significant writings—as good because the purely recently-published The unique of Laura—in order to create a whole and up-to-date photograph of the author within the context of his works.
Vladimir Nabokov provides a desirable portrait of 1 of the 20th century’s such a lot eclectic, prolific, and arguable authors. it really is a necessary learn for enthusiasts of Nabokov and students of 20th century English and Russian literature.
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He was now writing in English as well as Russian, and in November published two poems – ‘Home’, in the Trinity Magazine, and ‘Remembrance’, in the English Review: Like silent ships we two in darkness met, And when some day the poet’s careless fame Shall breathe to you a half forgotten name– Soul of my song, I want you to regret. For you had Love. Out of my life you tore One shining page. 38 In that same month he saw his first poem published in Rul´ under the pseudonym Cantab, alongside a story by Ivan Bunin.
34 Vladimir with Véra, 1923. What did my heart discern in you? how did you move me so? . . . Far off I wander, and strain to hear the movement of the stars above our encounter And what if you are to be my fate . 47 At the end of July, another poem, ‘Song’, appeared alongside Véra’s translation of an Edgar Allan Poe story, ‘Silence’. This time, in an unequivocally romantic gesture, Nabokov opened and closed his verse with the word ‘faith’ – vera. In the meantime, besides a number of other poems, Nabokov had completed two new plays, The Grandfather and The Pole, and had visited Marseilles, which inspired the short story, ‘The Seaport’.
Once again the imagined or intended consequences of deliberate action turn out to be highly unpredictable, for it is not Kern whom the angel seeks out, but Isabel. 25 Nabokov’s evocation of the supernatural in his early fiction extends to another story, ‘Natasha’, written in 1924. Khrenov, Natasha’s father, is fatally ill. His young daughter – the only member of his family to have survived into emigration – is caring for him in a small Berlin apartment. Tending to his every need, she is exhausted but undaunted.
Vladimir Nabokov by Wyllie, Barbara; Nabokov, Vladimir Vladimirovich