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Vladimir Nabokov - Author

About the Author

Considered to be one of the greatest novelists of the twentieth century, Vladimir Nabokov was born in St Petersburg in 1899. After living in Europe and studying at Cambridge University, he moved to the United States in 1940, where he pursued a brilliant literary career. He died in 1977 in Switzerland.

Featured books by Vladimir Nabokov

Lolita

Lolita

Author: Vladimir Nabokov Format: Paperback Release Date: 25/08/2011

'You can always count on a murderer for a fancy prose style'. Humbert Humbert, a European intellectual adrift in America, is a middle-aged college professor. Haunted by memories of a lost adolescent love, he falls outrageously (and illegally) in lust with his landlady's twelve-year-old daughter Dolores Haze. Obsessed, he'll do anything, will commit any crime, to possess his Lolita. But once Lolita belongs to Humbert, once he has got what he wants, what next? And what of Lolita? How long is she willing to be possessed?

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Other books by Vladimir Nabokov

Lolita

Lolita

Author: Vladimir Nabokov Format: eBook Release Date: 19/05/2017

Der vielumstrittene, langst zu Weltruhm gelangte und zweifach verfilmte Roman einer tragischen Passion: Ein Vierzigjahriger verfallt dem grazilen Zauber einer kindlichen Nymphe und erfahrt die Liebe als absolute Macht uber Leben und Tod.

Laughter in the Dark

Laughter in the Dark

Author: Vladimir Nabokov Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/11/2016

'Berlin-west, a morning in May.' An aspiring young Berlin actress turns the tables on her lustful middle-aged admirer, in Nabokov's deadpan, deliciously cruel story of hopeless infatuation and horribly inventive revenge.

Lectures on Don Quixote

Lectures on Don Quixote

Author: Vladimir Nabokov Format: eBook Release Date: 23/08/2016

One of the twentieth century's greatest novelists offers his take on the Spanish classic. The author of Lolita and Pale Fire was not only a master of fiction but a distinguished literary critic as well. In this collection of lectures, which he delivered at Harvard in the early 1950s, Vladimir Nabokov shares insights based on a chapter-by-chapter synopsis of the seventeenth-century novel by Miguel de Cervantes, a timeless classic and one of the most deeply influential works in all of Western literature. Rejecting the common interpretation of Don Quixote as a warm satire, Nabokov perceives the work as a catalog of cruelty through which the gaunt knight passes. Edited and with a preface by Fredson Bowers, this volume offers ';a powerful, critical, and dramatic elaboration of the theme of illusion' (V. S. Pritchett, The New York Review of Books).

Polnoe sobranie rasskazov

Polnoe sobranie rasskazov

Author: Vladimir Nabokov Format: eBook Release Date: 11/07/2016

Polnoe sobranie russkih i anglijskih rasskazov krupnejshego pisatelya HKH veka Vladimira Nabokova v Rossii izdaetsya vpervye. Podgotovlennyj v 1995 godu synom pisatelya, Dmitriem Nabokovym, anglijskij tom korotkoj prozy Nabokova horosho izvesten na Zapade. Odnako po-russki, na "e;nichem ne stesnennom, bogatom, beskonechno poslushnom yazyke, na kotorom Nabokov napisal bol'shuyu chast' svoih rasskazov, kniga do sih por izdana ne byla. Blagodarya mnogoletnej rabote issledovatelej Nabokova pod odnoj oblozhkoj udalos' sobrat' vse shest'desyat vosem' rasskazov, napisannyh im v 1920-1951 godah v evropejskoj ehmigracii i Amerike. Mnogie iz nih stali sobytiem eshche pri zhizni avtora i byli perevedeny na vse osnovnye mirovye yazyki. V knige, kotoruyu chitatel' derzhit v rukah, predstavleny takzhe redkie i neizvestnye proizvedeniya mastera. Rasskazy "e;Govoryat po-russki, "e;Zvuki i "e;Bogi, podgotovlennye k publikacii redaktorom i sostavitelem nastoyashchego sobraniya Andreem Babikovym po arhivnym tekstam, kak i nedavno najdennyj v vashingtonskom arhive pisatelya rasskaz "e;Natasha, na russkom yazyke vyhodyat vpervye. Anglijskie rasskazy Nabokova, pechatavshiesya v luchshih zhurnalah SSHA i predvoskhitivshie poyavlenie proslavivshih ego romanov "e;Lolita, "e;Pnin, "e;Blednyj ogon', v nastoyashchem izdanii predstavleny v perevodah izvestnogo literaturoveda Gennadiya Barabtarlo. Polnoe sobranie rasskazov soprovozhdaetsya predisloviem i primechaniyami Dmitriya Nabokova, zametkami Vladimira Nabokova, a takzhe primechaniyami Andreya Babikova.

Notes on Prosody and Abram Gannibal

Notes on Prosody and Abram Gannibal

Author: Vladimir Nabokov Format: Hardback Release Date: 19/04/2016

Two appendixes from Nabokov's famous edition of Eugene Onegin: his study of versification in English and Russian poetry, and his term paper on Pushkin's Ethiopian ancestor. Originally published in 1965. The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback and hardcover editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905.

Der Bezauberer

Der Bezauberer

Author: Vladimir Nabokov Format: eBook Release Date: 04/03/2016

"e;Der Bezauberer"e; ist eine erste faszinierende kurzere Version des "e;Lolita"e;-Themas, mit dem der begnadete Schriftsteller Vladimir Nabokov seinen Weltruhm begrundete. Der Protagonist der Erzhlung ist, wie in "e;Lolita"e;, ein Mann in den Vierzigern mit pdophilen Neigungen. Der Mann beobachtet in einem Park ein prpubertres Mdchen auf Rollschuhen und fhlt sich zu ihm hingezogen. Kurze Zeit spter heiratet er die als ein wenig abstoend beschriebene, verwitwete Mutter des Mdchens, um es tglich sehen zu knnen. Doch was als die Erfllung seiner geheimsten Wnsche beginnt, endet in einem Albtraum. Der Text entstand 1939, kurz vor Vladimir Nabokovs Aufbruch in die USA. Das Manuskript verschwand bei einem von Nabokovs zahlreichen Umzgen und tauchte erst Anfang der achtziger Jahre im Nachlass wieder auf. "e;Der Bezauberer"e; ist "e;ein nachdenkliches und vielschichtiges Prosastck von bengstigender Intensitt"e;. (Marcel Reich-Ranicki)Ursprnglich als "e;Der Zauberer"e; erschienen, wurde der Text noch mal vom Nabokov Experten Dieter E. Zimmer durchgesehen und der Titel zu "e;Der Bezauberer"e; gendert.

Letters to Vera

Letters to Vera

Author: Vladimir Nabokov Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/02/2016

GUARDIAN BOOKS OF THE YEAR 2014 No marriage of a major twentieth-century writer lasted longer than Vladimir Nabokov's. Vera Slonim shared his delight at the enchantment of life's trifles and literature's treasures, and he rated her as having the best and quickest sense of humour of any woman he had met. From their meeting in 1921, Vladimir's letters to his beloved Vera form a narrative arc that tells a forty-six year-long love story, and they are memorable in their entirety. Almost always playful, romantic, and pithy, the letters tell us much about the man and the writer; we see that Vladimir observed everything, from animals, faces, speech, and landscapes with genuine fascination.

Notes on Prosody and Abram Gannibal

Notes on Prosody and Abram Gannibal

Author: Vladimir Nabokov Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/12/2015

Two appendixes from Nabokov's famous edition of Eugene Onegin: his study of versification in English and Russian poetry, and his term paper on Pushkin's Ethiopian ancestor. Originally published in 1965. The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback and hardcover editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905.

Stihi

Stihi

Author: Vladimir Nabokov Format: eBook Release Date: 20/07/2015

V nastoyashchem izdanii predstavleno naibolee polnoe sobranie stihov Vladimira Nabokova. Otbor byl sdelan samim avtorom, odnako uvidet' knigu v pechati on ne uspel. Sbornik vyshel v 1979 godu v amerikanskom izdatel'stve "e;Ardis s lakonichnym avtorskim nazvaniem - "e;Stihi; v predislovii, takzhe vklyuchennom v nashe izdanie, Vera Nabokova opredelila glavnuyu temu nabokovskogo tvorchestva: "e;YA govoryu o potustoronnosti, kak on sam ee nazyval..., toj tajne, "e;kotoruyu on nosit v dushe i vydat' kotoruyu ne dolzhen i ne mozhet. I hotya cel' iskusstva, kak schital Nabokov, lezhit "e;v mestah vozvyshennyh i neobitaemyh, a otnyud' ne v gustonaselennoj oblasti dushevnyh izliyanij, v stihah on ne pryachet chuvstv za karnaval'nymi maskami svoih geroev. "e;CHitajte zhe stihi Nabokova, - pisal Andrej Bitov, - esli vam nepremenno nado znat', kto byl ehtot chelovek. ;On ispovedalsya v stihah svoih dovol'no...; Vy uvidite Nabokova i plachushchim, i molyashchimsya.

Spring in Fialta

Spring in Fialta

Author: Vladimir Nabokov Format: eBook Release Date: 06/03/2014

'Spring in Fialta is cloudy and dull'. With his senses wide open, Victor wanders the streets. He meets Nina. Again. For fifteen years, their fleeting, chance encounters have made Nina a faint but constant presence in the margins of his life. As they happen upon one another once again, his mind wanders back into the past and relives each brief memory: their kiss in Russia, when she met his wife, when he met her husband, their affair in Paris. Each time she captivated him, each time she seemed to almost forget him, each time he noticed a lurking sense of apprehension that began to grow.

Doorbell

Doorbell

Author: Vladimir Nabokov Format: eBook Release Date: 06/03/2014

After multiple postings in various armies, Nikolay Galatov, an itinerant soldier, is living in Berlin. Every now and then he remembers Olga Kind, a woman he left behind in St. Petersburg seven years ago. He decides to go and find her.Filled with teasing plot lines, misrepresentations and narrative traps, The Doorbell is an exploration of character, interaction and awkward suspense. Once again examining the themes of loss, separation and exile, Vladimir Nabokov weaves a tale of unexpected turnings and non-happenings, playing with the conventions of traditional, predictable fiction.

Nikolai Gogol

Nikolai Gogol

Author: Vladimir Nabokov Format: eBook Release Date: 01/09/2013

Nikolai Gogol is one of the less known biographical works written by Nabokov. The author brings readers to go back to Gogol's youth, scan his early works, and provide his detailed comments on the collected volumes of the Imperial Commissioner and Dead souls. He also briefly commented on Gogol's most famous short story Jacket. In his book, Nabokov explores Gogol's fascinating writing styles and used his own translation pieces to prove Gogol's impeccable writing form. What he emphasizes is not the plot of Gogol's work, but his style, and success in showing the other side of Gogol who has been known for his irony.

Pnin

Pnin

Author: Vladimir Nabokov Format: eBook Release Date: 01/08/2013

Pnin(fine) describes an exiled old Russian professor lives and teaches in one of the United States schools. His temperament makes him incompatible with the surroundings, and often be ridiculed by colleagues, his wife even abandoned him later. He was alone and could only be indulged in paper and studying Russian ancient culture and classical literature to comfort him; When thinking about the past affairs, he always shows a thick nostalgia. Nabokov has combined Russian culture and modern American civilization cleverly together to depict an uprooted people who lost his motherland, cut off the relationship with the motherland culture and his love in a humorous and witty way.

Invitation to Decapitation

Invitation to Decapitation

Author: Vladimir Nabokov Format: eBook Release Date: 01/08/2013

Brief introduction to Invitation to Decapitation (Fine) written by Vlasimir Nabokov: when my favorite writer (1768-1849) once spoke of a novel that has been completely forgotten, he said: "e;He is writing for the public and he has all the means of expression. He brings laughter to the children and makes the woman shake. He makes the man in the world feel dizzy as if they were saved and let those who never dream have a good dream."e; Invitation to Decapitation is different. It is a violin that pulls itself in. Secular people will think that this is just playing with skills. Old people will hasten to avoid it and look for and read the regional legend and public biography. Women who love the activities of the club will not feel excited and irritated. The pornographic people will find the shadow of Lolita from the little Amy.

Zashchita Luzhina

Zashchita Luzhina

Author: Vladimir Nabokov Format: eBook Release Date: 07/07/2013

"e;Zashchita Luzhina"e; (1929-1930) - tretij russkij roman Vladimira Nabokova, sostavivshij avtoru gromkoe literaturnoe imya i vyvedshij ego v pervyj ryad pisatelej russkogo zarubezh'ya. Za peripetiyami zhiznennoj istorii genial'no odnostoronnego geroya knigi, odarennogo i bezumnogo russkogo shahmatista-ehmigranta Aleksandra Ivanovicha Luzhina, chitatelyu postepenno otkryvaetsya postoyannaya i vazhnejshaya tema nabokovskogo tvorchestva - razvitie i povtorenie tajnyh tem v chelovecheskoj sud'be. SHahmatnaya zashchita, razrabatyvaemaya Luzhinym, malo-pomalu stanovitsya allegoriej zashchity ot samoj zhizni, v kotoroj ego travmirovannoe bolezn'yu soznanie prozrevaet ch'i-to zloveshchie dejstviya, podobnye shahmatnym hodam. V sobytijnyh povtorah sobstvennoj biografii Luzhin usmatrivaet sledstvie rokovyh dejstvij svoego nevidimogo protivnika - sud'by, i, poterpev neudachu v popytkah razgadat' ee skrytye uzory, on vybiraet edinstvenno vozmozhnoe reshenie - vyhod iz igry...

Kamera Obskura

Kamera Obskura

Author: Vladimir Nabokov Format: eBook Release Date: 07/07/2013

"e;Kamera obskura (1931, opubl. 1932-1933) - pyatyj russkij roman Vladimira Nabokova i vtoroj iz trekh ego romanov na "e;nemeckuyu temu. Berlinskij iskusstvoved Bruno Krechmar, uvlekshis' bezdarnoj shestnadcatiletnej aktriskoj Magdoj Peters, tajnoj lyubovnicej hudozhnika Roberta Gorna, brosaet sem'yu i vovlekaetsya v glumlivyj okoloartisticheskij krug, ne podozrevaya, chto posledstviya ehtoj poshloj intrizhki okazhutsya dlya nego rokovymi. Raskhozhee vyrazhenie "e;lyubov' slepa realizuetsya u Nabokova v forme kriminal'nogo syuzheta o strasti, izmene, revnosti i mesti, a fizicheskaya slepota, porazhayushchaya geroya v finale, stanovitsya nakazaniem za duhovnuyu slepotu, za iskazhennoe videnie mira, za izmenu dobrote, chelovechnosti i istinnoj krasote. Samyj kinematograficheskij, po mneniyu kritikov, roman Nabokova vposledstvii byl radikal'no pererabotan avtorom dlya angloyazychnogo izdaniya, ozaglavlennogo "e;Smekh v temnote (1938).

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