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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?

Other books by Vladimir Nabokov

Durchsichtige Dinge

Durchsichtige Dinge

Author: Vladimir Nabokov Format: eBook Release Date: 21/08/2018

"e;Es drangte den Magier Nabokov, die analytische Tendenz unseres Jahrhunderts als eine Geiel der Menschheit anzuklagen. Hohn- und spottvoll demonstriert er an gleichgultigen Gegenstanden, wohin die totale Durchleuchtung seiner Meinung nach fuhrt, namlich in eine uferlose Scharlatanerie."e; (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung)

Fahles Feuer

Fahles Feuer

Author: Vladimir Nabokov Format: eBook Release Date: 24/07/2018

Nabokovs vierzehnter Roman - der erste aus der Zeit nach "e;Lolita"e; - gibt sich als die kommentierte Ausgabe eines 999 Zeilen langen Gedichts mit dem Titel "e;Fahles Feuer"e;, verfasst von John Shade, einem bedachtigen neuenglischen Lyriker und Professor, der von einem Morder erschossen wurde, ehe er die letzte, die tausendste Zeile zu Papier bringen konnte. Der Herausgeber ist sein Kollege, Nachbar und angeblicher Freund Charles Kinbote. Dessen Kommentar verfehlt jedoch Shades ernstes Poem, in dem es um den Selbstmord der schwierigen und hasslichen Tochter, um den Tod und die Wahrscheinlichkeit eines Lebens danach geht, auf eine so dreiste wie groteske Weise. Kinbote gibt sich nmlich als der exilierte Knig von Zembla zu erkennen, Carl der Vielgeliebte, der Shade nicht dazu bringen konnte, seine Lebensgeschichte aufzuschreiben, und der es nun in Form von Anmerkungen zu "e;Fahles Feuer"e; selber tut. Ihm galt, so meint er, auch die Kugel, die Shade ttete. Freilich ist zweifelhaft, ob es sich so verhlt. Nabokov lockt den Leser auf Rtselgnge, Licht des fahlen Feuers flackert von Spiegel zu Spiegel, Echos erklingen: ein Virtuosenstck, "e;eine Amalgamierung von Ernst und Spiel, einer anrhrenden menschlichen Geschichte mit dem khlen Kalkl einer Problemschachaufgabe"e;. Dieter E. Zimmer

Die Gabe

Die Gabe

Author: Vladimir Nabokov Format: eBook Release Date: 24/07/2018

"e;Die Gabe"e; erzahlt die Geschichte des jungen Exilrussen Fjodor in Berlin zwischen 1925 und 1928. Es war der letzte Roman, den Nabokov in russischer Sprache schrieb.

STRONG OPINIONS

STRONG OPINIONS

Author: Vladimir Nabokov Format: eBook Release Date: 26/06/2018

"e;Strogie suzhdeniya"e; ("e;Strong Opinions"e;) - sbornik nekhudozhestvennoj prozy V. Nabokova: interv'yu, pis'ma redaktoram razlichnyh gazet i zhurnalov, stat'i, v tom chisle po ehntomologii. Nesmotrya na kazhushchuyusya raznorodnost' materialov, oni sostavlyayut smyslovoe edinstvo: avtor vybral i zanovo otredaktiroval dlya ehtoj knigi te interv'yu i stat'i, gde naibolee polno raskryvalos' ego ehsteticheskoe kredo, poluchali ob"e;yasnenie ego literaturnye pristrastiya i antipatii, gde voznikal tot adresovannyj publike obraz izvestnogo pisatelya, aristokrata i snoba, nad kotorym Nabokov rabotal vsyu zhizn'. Predstavleniya, slozhivshiesya eshche v russkij period tvorchestva, poluchili zdes' aforisticheski chetkoe oformlenie. Beskompromissnye, poroj provokacionnye zayavleniya o znamenityh sobrat'yah po peru, o politike ili novyh tendenciyah v iskusstve, sdelannye v ehtoj knige, vposledstvii razoshlis' na citaty v nabokovedenii. Sbornik, izdannyj v 1973 godu v N'yu-Jorke, vpervye prihodit k russkomu chitatelyu.

Lolita

Lolita

Author: Vladimir Nabokov Format: eBook Release Date: 27/05/2018

One of the most controversial novels of the twentieth century, Vladimir Nabokov's Lolita is a strange, troubling love story told by the one of the most unreliable narrators in literature. This Penguin Modern Classics edition includes an afterword by Craig Raine. Poet and pervert, Humbert Humbert becomes obsessed by twelve-year-old Lolita and seeks to possess her, first carnally and then artistically, out of love, 'to fix once for all the perilous magic of nymphets'. Is he in love or insane? A silver-tongued poet or a pervert? A tortured soul or a monster? Or is he all of these? Humbert Humbert's seduction is one of many dimensions in Nabokov's dizzying masterpiece, which is suffused with a savage humour and rich, elaborate verbal textures. Filmed by Stanley Kubrick in 1962 starring James Mason and Peter Sellers, and again in 1997 by Adrian Lyne starring Jeremy Irons and Melanie Griffith, Lolita has lost none of its power to shock and awe.

Lance

Lance

Author: Vladimir Nabokov Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/02/2018

'The illegible signature of teetering disaster' Three great stories--The Aurelian, Signs and Symbols and Lance--the last both a derisive attack on science-fiction and an attempt to imagine the real pain and horror that would accompany space travel. Penguin Modern: fifty new books celebrating the pioneering spirit of the iconic Penguin Modern Classics series, with each one offering a concentrated hit of its contemporary, international flavour. Here are authors ranging from Kathy Acker to James Baldwin, Truman Capote to Stanislaw Lem and George Orwell to Shirley Jackson; essays radical and inspiring; poems moving and disturbing; stories surreal and fabulous; taking us from the deep South to modern Japan, New York's underground scene to the farthest reaches of outer space.

LETTERS TO VERA

LETTERS TO VERA

Author: Vladimir Nabokov Format: eBook Release Date: 06/02/2018

Vladimir i Vera Nabokovy prozhili vmeste bolee pyatidesyati let - dlya literaturnogo mira ehto udivitel'nyj primer schastlivogo braka. Oni redko rasstavalis' nadolgo, i vse zhe v semejnom arhive sohranilos' bolee trekhsot pisem Vladimira Nabokova k zhene, s 1923 po 1975 god. Odin iz luchshih prozaikov HKH veka, blistatel'nyj, ironichnyj Nabokov predstaet v ehtoj knige kak nezhnyj i lyubyashchij muzh. "e;...My s toboj sovsem osobennye; takih chudes, kakie znaem my, nikto ne znaet, i nikto tak ne lyubit, kak my"e;, - napisal Nabokov v 1924 godu. Vera Evseevna byla ego muzoj i pervym chitatelem, ego mashinistkoj i sekretarem, a posle smerti pisatelya stala hranitel'nicej ego naslediya. Pis'ma Nabokova k zhene vpervye publikuyutsya v polnom ob"e;eme na yazyke originala. Podavlyayushchee bol'shinstvo iz nih otnositsya k 1923-1939 godam (to est' periodu ehmigracii do ot"e;ezda v Ameriku), i pered nami skladyvaetsya ehpistolyarnyj avtoportret molodogo Nabokova: ego blizhajshee okruzhenie i zna komstva, literaturnye simpatii i reakciya na kritiku, zanyatiya v chasy dosuga, bytovye pristrastiya, plany na budushchee i t. d. No neizmennymi v pis'mah posleduyushchih let ostayutsya lyubov' i uvazhenie Nabokova k zhene, kotoraya razdelila s nim i ispytaniya, i slavu.

Ada oder Das Verlangen

Ada oder Das Verlangen

Author: Vladimir Nabokov Format: eBook Release Date: 24/01/2018

"e;Ada"e; ist, selbst in Nabokovs herausragendem Werk, ein leuchtender Solitar. Es handelt von der unmoglichen Liebe zwischen den hochbegabten Geschwistern Ada und Van. Angesiedelt ist die Handlung auf dem imaginaren Planeten Antiterra, auf dem sich erstaunlicherweise das alte Russland und das moderne Amerika friedlich uberlagern. Die beiden Hauptfiguren, die in ihrer geistigen Uberlegenheit faszinierend, aber auch unnahbar und amoralisch wirken, lieben auer einander nur ihre hochspezialisierten Hobbys (z. B. Entomologie, Botanik, Psychologie, Insektenkunde, russische Literatur oder das Auf-den-Handen-Laufen). Auf ihren Lebenswegen hinterlassen sie, unverschuldet schuldig geworden, eine Spur der emotionalen Verwustung. Dieses Buch funkelt und provoziert auf jeder Seite und erzeugt eine eigentmliche Stimmung von ekstatischer Hellsichtigkeit. Es steckt voller berraschender Beobachtungen und Gedanken, wilder und abgrndiger Erotik. Trotz aller erzhlerischen Przision bleibt es anarchisch in seiner konsequenten Weigerung, die Figuren zu erklren oder gar zu verurteilen. Es ist in Nabokovs Alterswerk der komplexe, an klugen Anspielungen und versteckten Scherzen berreiche Hhepunkt.

Insomniac Dreams Experiments with Time by Vladimir Nabokov

Insomniac Dreams Experiments with Time by Vladimir Nabokov

Author: Vladimir Nabokov, Gennady Barabtarlo Format: Hardback Release Date: 10/11/2017

Nabokov's dream diary, published for the first time--and placed in biographical and literary context On October 14th, 1964, Vladimir Nabokov, a lifelong insomniac, began a curious experiment. Over the next eighty days, immediately upon waking, he wrote down his dreams, following the instructions he found in An Experiment with Time by the British philosopher John Dunne. The purpose was to test the theory that time may go in reverse, so that, paradoxically, a later event may generate an earlier dream. The result--published here for the first time--is a fascinating diary in which Nabokov recorded sixty-four dreams (and subsequent daytime episodes) on 118 index cards, which afford a rare glimpse of the artist at his most private. More than an odd biographical footnote, the experiment grew out of Nabokov's passionate interest in the mystery of time, which influenced many of his novels, including the late masterpiece Ada. Insomniac Dreams, edited by leading Nabokov authority Gennady Barabtarlo, presents the text of Nabokov's dream experiment, illustrated with a selection of his original index cards, and provides rich annotations and analysis that put them in the context of his life and writings. The book also includes previously unpublished records of Nabokov's dreams from his letters and notebooks and shows important connections between his fiction and private writings on dreams and time.

Einladung zur Enthauptung

Einladung zur Enthauptung

Author: Vladimir Nabokov Format: eBook Release Date: 22/09/2017

"e;In Ubereinstimmung mit dem Gesetz wurde Cincinnatus C. das Todesurteil im Flusterton mitgeteilt."e; Ein Mann sitzt im Gefangnis, auf die Hinrichtung wartend; er traumt, phantasiert, erinnert sich, schreibt und hat Angst. Das Verbrechen, das er auf dem Schafott buen soll, ist seine Existenz als Einzelganger. Der groe Erzhler Vladimir Nabokov hat mit diesem frhen Roman eine der bittersten Satiren der Weltliteratur geschrieben.

Nabokov's Dozen Thirteen Stories

Nabokov's Dozen Thirteen Stories

Author: Vladimir Nabokov Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/09/2017

Thirteen strangely wrought, ingeniously crafted stories make up Nabokov's baker's dozen. In some of these stories shadowy people pass through, cooped up by life, with nowhere to escape to. Their dreams lie stifled, smothered by routine and repetition, and frustrations lurk in all the corners. In others, elusive glimpses of fleeting happiness, which flutter away before they can be snatched, waylay their victims. Like the shimmer of the sea, the gleam of a glass caught by the sun, they sparkle brilliantly only to dissolve again.

Maschenka

Maschenka

Author: Vladimir Nabokov Format: eBook Release Date: 18/08/2017

Berlin in den zwanziger Jahren: In einer kleinen Pension wohnt eine Gruppe russischer Emigranten. Einer von ihnen, Lew Ganin, durchlebt in der Erinnerung noch einmal eine verlorene, leidenschaftlich zuruckersehnte Liebe. "e;Nabokov ist einer der gten Erotiker der Literatur unseres Jahrhunderts, weil er uns alle Schattierungen und Grade der Zuneigung eines Menschen zu einem anderen sehen und spren lsst, und dies mit ganz unaufflligen Mitteln."e; (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung)

Lushins Verteidigung

Lushins Verteidigung

Author: Vladimir Nabokov Format: eBook Release Date: 18/08/2017

Ein kleiner verschlossener Junge findet an nichts Vergnugen auer an Puzzlespielen und Zaubertricks. Mit vierzehn Jahren schon holt sich Lushin den ersten Schachturnier-Preis, mit zwanzig gehort er zu jenen gefeierten Matadoren, die von Turnierbrett zu Turnierbrett hetzen. Der groe Erzhler Vladimir Nabokov hat diese traurig-komische Geschichte eines fast monstrsen Auenseiters mit einer Flle burlesker Details ausgestattet.

Verzweiflung

Verzweiflung

Author: Vladimir Nabokov Format: eBook Release Date: 18/08/2017

Die Bluttat als Kunstwerk: In seinem fruhen Roman erzahlt Vladimir Nabokov, angeregt durch einen spektakularen Kriminalfall im Deutschland der zwanziger Jahre, die Geschichte eines morderischen Versicherungsbetrugs. Verfilmt von R. W. Fassbinder unter dem Titel "e;Eine Reise ins Licht - Despair"e;.

Das Bastardzeichen

Das Bastardzeichen

Author: Vladimir Nabokov Format: eBook Release Date: 21/07/2017

Vladimir Nabokov beschwort in seinem Roman "e;Das Bastardzeichen"e; eine albtraumhafte Welt. Eine blutige Revolution hat die "e;Krote"e; an die Macht gebracht, wie der Volksmund den Diktator Paduk nennt, und mit ihm die "e;Partei des Durchschnittsmenschen"e;, ein ebenso banales wie brutales Gelichter. Mit aller Prazision seines Stils zeigt Nabokov die totalitare Welt als das, was sie ist: eine "e;bestialische Farce"e;, ein Gemisch aus Lacherlichkeit und Grauen.

Pnin

Pnin

Author: Vladimir Nabokov Format: eBook Release Date: 21/07/2017

Der zerstreute Professor Timofey Pnin ist ein einsamer Individualist, den der American Way of Life tief verstort. Der Immigrant wirkt auf seine Umwelt wie ein komischer Versager. Aber seine Wurde, sein Ernst, seine Personlichkeit lassen ebendiese Umwelt lacherlich erscheinen: Sie versagt an ihm. Alles, was Pnin widerfahrt, macht uns diesen altmodischen russischen Gelehrten liebenswert. "e;Ein Wunderwerk des Humors. Ein Jahrhundertroman."e; (Marcel Reich-Ranicki, Der Spiegel)

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).

Otchayanie

Otchayanie

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

"e;Otchayanie"e; (1932, opubl. 1934) - shestoj russkij roman Vladimira Nabokova, v kotorom avtor vnov' - kak prezhde v "e;Korole, dame, valete"e; i "e;Kamere obskura"e; - obrashchaetsya k nemeckomu materialu i kriminal'nomu syuzhetu. Berlinskij kommersant srednej ruki zadumyvaet i sovershaet "e;ideal'noe ubijstvo"e; s cel'yu poluchit' strahovku, a zatem pishet ob ehtom povest', perechityvaya kotoruyu s uzhasom obnaruzhivaet zafiksirovannyj v nej rokovoj iz"e;yan svoego hitroumnogo zamysla... V ramkah detektivnoj istorii o mnimom dvojnichestve i ob "e;ubijstve kak raznovidnosti izyashchnyh iskusstv"e; Nabokov original'no razygryvaet vechnye literaturnye syuzhety o genii i zlodejstve, istinnom i lozhnom talante, prestuplenii i nakazanii, kotorye vposledstvii budut razvernuty v znamenitoj "e;Lolite"e;.

Lolita

Lolita

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

V 1955 godu uvidela svet "e;Lolita - tretij amerikanskij roman Vladimira Nabokova, sozdatelya "e;Zashchity Luzhina, "e;Otchayaniya, "e;Priglasheniya na kazn' i "e;Dara. Vyzvav skandal po obe storony okeana, ehta kniga voznesla avtora na vershinu literaturnogo Olimpa i stala odnim iz samyh izvestnyh i, bez somneniya, samyh velikih proizvedenij XX veka. Segodnya, kogda polemicheskie strasti vokrug "e;Lolity uzhe davno uleglis', mozhno uverenno skazat', chto ehto - kniga o velikoj lyubvi, preodolevshej bolezn', smert' i vremya, lyubvi, razomknutoj v beskonechnost', "e;lyubvi s pervogo vzglyada, s poslednego vzglyada, s izvechnogo vzglyada. Nastoyashchee izdanie knigi mozhno schitat' po-svoemu unikal'nym: v nem vpervye vosstanavlivaetsya fragment dnevnika Gumberta iz tret'ej glavy vtoroj chasti romana, otsutstvovavshij vo vsekh predydushchih russkoyazychnyh izdaniyah "e;Lolity.

Collected Poems

Collected Poems

Author: Vladimir Nabokov Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/07/2013

These masterly poems span the decades of Nabokov's career, from 'Music', written in 1914, to the short, playful 'To Vera', composed in 1974. 'The University Poem', one of Nabokov's major poetic works, is here in English for the first time: an extraordinary autobiographical poem looking back at his time at Cambridge, with its dinners, girls and memories, it is suffused with rich description, wit and verbal dexterity. Included too are the surreally comic 'A Literary Dinner', the enchanting, 'Eve', the wryly humorous 'An Evening of Russian Poetry' and a meditation on the act of creation, 'Tolstoy', as well as verse written on America, lepidoptery, sport, love and Nabokov's Russian homeland.

Volshebnik

Volshebnik

Author: Vladimir Nabokov Format: eBook Release Date: 28/06/2013

Povest' "e;Volshebnik Nabokov nazval "e;pervoj malen'koj pul'saciej "e;Lolity"e;. EHta povest' - predshestvennik znamenitogo romana - byla sozdana Nabokovym v 1939 g. na russkom yazyke, odnako uvidela svet znachitel'no pozdnee. Avtor vspomnil o nej lish' cherez 20 let, kogda razbiral arhiv: "e;Teper', kogda svyaz' mezhdu mnoj i "e;Lolitoj"e; porvana, ya perechital "e;Volshebnika"e; s kuda bol'shim udovol'stviem, chem to, kotoroe ispytyval, pripominaya ego kak otrabotannyj material vo vremya napisaniya "e;Lolity"e;. EHto prekrasnyj obrazchik russkoj prozy, tochnoj i prozrachnoj... Pri zhizni avtora povest' ne byla opublikovana. Vpervye chitateli smogli ocenit' ehto proizvedenie v 1986 g.: povest' vyshla v svet na anglijskom yazyke v perevode Dmitriya Nabokova. Vhodya v ochen' nebol'shoe chislo vnov' otkrytoj nabokoviany, "e;Volshebnik yavlyaetsya naibolee yarkim primerom toj porazitel'noj original'noj prozy, kotoraya vyshla izpod pera Nabokova-Sirina v ego naibolee zrelye - i poslednie - gody romanista, pishushchego na rodnom yazyke.

Korol', dama, valet

Korol', dama, valet

Author: Vladimir Nabokov Format: eBook Release Date: 28/06/2013

"e;Korol', dama, valet"e; (1928) - pervyj iz trekh romanov Vladimira Nabokova na "e;nemeckuyu"e; temu, za kotorym nemnogo pozdnee posledovali "e;Kamera obskura"e; i "e;Otchayanie"e;. V hitrospleteniyah lyubovnokriminal'noj intrigi peretasovyvayutsya, slovno igral'nye karty, sud'by udachlivogo berlinskogo kommersanta, ego skuchayushchej zheny i polunishchego plemyannika provinciala - marionetok slepogo, bezzhalostnogo v svoem vybore sluchaya. Za peripetiyami detektivnogo syuzheta ugadyvaetsya vlastnaya ruka ironichnogo, virtuoznogo, neumolimo vozdayushchego kazhdomu po zaslugam avtora - budushchego sozdatelya "e;Zashchity Luzhina"e;, "e;Dara"e;, "e;Ady"e; i "e;Lolity"e;.

Dar

Dar

Author: Vladimir Nabokov Format: eBook Release Date: 28/06/2013

"e;Dar"e; (1938) - poslednij russkij roman Vladimira Nabokova, kotoryj mozhet byt' po pravu nazvan vershinoj russkoyazychnogo perioda ego tvorchestva i odnim iz shedevrov russkoj literatury HKH veka. Povestvuya o tvorcheskom stanovlenii molodogo pisatelyaehmigranta Fedora Godunova-CHerdynceva, ehta gluboko avtobiografichnaya kniga kasaetsya vazhnejshih nabokovskih tem: sudeb russkoj slovesnosti, zagadki istinnogo dara, idei lichnogo bessmertiya, dostizhimogo posredstvom vospominanij, lyubvi i iskusstva. V nastoyashchem izdanii tekst romana publikuetsya vmeste s avtorskim predisloviem k ego pozdnejshemu anglijskomu perevodu.

Podvig

Podvig

Author: Vladimir Nabokov Format: eBook Release Date: 28/06/2013

"e;Podvig (1930, opubl. 1931-1932) - chetvertyj russkij roman Vladimira Nabokova - rasskazyvaet istoriyu molodogo russkogo ehmigranta s shvejcarskimi kornyami i ehkzoticheskim imenem Martyn EHdel'vejs, voleyu sud'by okazavshegosya na chuzhbine. ZHiznennyj put' geroya knigi prolegaet edva li ne cherez vsyu Evropu, otchasti sovpadaya s ehmigrantskimi marshrutami avtora i zastavlyaya vspomnit' starinnoe znachenie slova "e;podvig - puteshestvie, stranstvie, dvizhenie. Okazyvayas' poperemenno v Grecii, Anglii, Germanii, Francii i SHvejcarii, Martyn uporno ishchet sebya - v tvorchestve, v trude, v lyubvi, v sporte, v raznoobraznyh proverkah sobstvennoj smelosti, - a v finale romana reshaetsya na bessmyslenno-geroicheskoe, zhertvennoe deyanie, vstupaya na stezyu istinnogo podviga: on otvergaet vozmozhnost' legal'nogo vozvrashcheniya v Rossiyu i tajno, s riskom dlya zhizni, perekhodit russkuyu granicu, ischezaya v tainstvennom sumrake lesnoj tropy.

Mashen'ka

Mashen'ka

Author: Vladimir Nabokov Format: eBook Release Date: 28/06/2013

Vnimaniyu chitatelya predlagaetsya pervyj i naibolee avtobiografichnyj roman vsemirno izvestnogo russko-amerikanskogo pisatelya, odnogo iz krupnejshih prozaikov XX veka, avtora znamenitoj "e;Lolity"e; Vladimira Nabokova. "e;Mashen'ka"e; (1926) - kniga o "e;strannostyah vospominan'ya"e;, o prihotlivom perepletenii zhiznennyh uzorov proshlogo i nastoyashchego, o "e;voskhititel'nom sobytii"e; voskresheniya glavnym geroem - zhivushchim v Berline russkim ehmigrantom L'vom Ganinym - istorii svoej pervoj lyubvi. Roman, dejstvie kotorogo ohvatyvaet vsego shest' dnej i v kotorom sovsem nemnogo personazhej, obretaet ehmocional'nuyu pronzitel'nost' i smyslovuyu glubinu blagodarya strastnoj sile ganinskoj (i avtorskoj) pamyati, vernoj irracional'nym mgnoveniyam proshlogo.

Pnin

Pnin

Author: Vladimir Nabokov Format: eBook Release Date: 28/06/2013

"e;Pnin (1953-1955, opubl. 1957) - chetvertyj angloyazychnyj roman Vladimira Nabokova, zhizneopisanie professora-ehmigranta iz Rossii Timofeya Pavlovicha Pnina, prepodayushchego v amerikanskom universitete russkij yazyk, no komicheskim obrazom neladyashchego s anglijskim, chto vkupe s ego zabavnoj naruzhnost'yu, rasseyannost'yu i nelovkost'yu v obrashchenii s veshchami prevrashchaet ego v kur'eznuyu mestnuyu dostoprimechatel'nost'. Zaglavnyj geroj knigi - nezadachlivyj, chudakovatyj, trogatel'no nelepyj -svoeobraznyj Don-Kihot universitetskogo gorodka Vehjndel' - postepenno raskryvaetsya pered chitatelem kak slozhnaya, mnogogrannaya lichnost', v ch'ej sud'be soedinilis' mgnoveniya vysshego schast'ya i momenty podlinnogo tragizma, ch'ya zhizn', podobno lyuboj chelovecheskoj zhizni, obrazuet prichudlivuyu smes' neskazannogo ocharovaniya i neizbyvnoj grusti...

Smotri na Arlekinov!

Smotri na Arlekinov!

Author: Vladimir Nabokov Format: eBook Release Date: 28/06/2013

"e;Smotri na arlekinov!"e; - poslednij zavershennyj roman znamenitogo pisatelya Vladimira Nabokova. Glavnyj geroj - Vadim Vadimovich, russko-amerikanskij pisatel' (kak i sam Nabokov), pishet vospominaniya o svoej tvorcheskoj i lichnoj zhizni. I v toj i v drugoj Vadim Vadimovich ispolnyaet zavet dvoyurodnoj babki. "e;Dovol'no kuksit'sya! - byvalo vosklicala ona. - Smotri na arlekinov!.. Derev'ya - arlekiny, slova - arlekiny. I situacii, i zadachki. Slozhi lyubye dve veshchi - ostroty, obrazy. - i vot tebe troica skomorohov! Davaj zhe! Igraj! Vydumyvaj mir! Tvori real'nost'!"e; I on tvoril! Nesmotrya na bol'shoe kolichestvo parallelej mezhdu avtorom i geroem romana, ehto "e;povestvovanie o lyubvi i proze"e; vse zhe ne sleduet vosprinimat' kak avtobiografiyu, skoree roman yavlyaetsya parodiej na nee. No, byt' mozhet, v "e;Arlekinah"e; Nabokov ne igraet s chitatelem, v kotoryj uzhe raz, a podvodit itog svoih razmyshlenij o zhizni i pisatel'stve? Ili pytaetsya rasstavit' tochki nad "e;N "e;, predchuvstvuya budushchee svoih proizvedenij: "e;Ax, ugonyat ih v step', Arlekinov moih, / v bueraki, k chuzhim atamanam! / Geometriyu ih, Veneciyu ih / nazovut shutovstvom i obmanom"e;? Otvet Nabokov predostavlyaet najti chitatelyu samostoyatel'no i tem samym vklyuchaet ego v process tvoreniya.

Anya v strane chudes

Anya v strane chudes

Author: Vladimir Nabokov Format: eBook Release Date: 28/06/2013

"e;Anya v Strane chudes - kniga sovershenno unikal'naya. Trudno skazat', chej talant - avtora ili perevodchika - sverknul v nej bol'shim kolichestvom granej, yarche blesnul tonkost'yu yumora, svoeobraziem slovesnoj igry. Pochti poltora veka nazad solnechnym letnim dnem vo vremya lodochnoj progulki po Temze prepodavatel' matematiki Oksfordskogo universiteta CHarlz Lyutvidzh Dodzhson rasskazal desyatiletnej Alise Liddell i ee sestram skazku, kotoruyu opublikoval potom pod psevdonimom L'yuis Kehrroll. Navernoe, ne oboshlos' zdes' bez volshebstva, potomu chto skazka ehta prochno zavoevyvaet serdca vsekh, kto ee uslyshal ili prochital. Segodnya o priklyucheniyah lyuboznatel'noj Alisy znayut vo vsekh ugolkah mira. Pochti stoletie nazad skazku anglijskogo pisatelya perevel na russkij yazyk teper' vsemirno izvestnyj, a togda eshche molodoj Vladimir Nabokov. Emu udalos', kazalos' by, nevozmozhnoe: organichno pogruzit' tekst Kehrrolla v stihiyu russkogo byta, russkoj rechi. Tak u anglijskoj devochki Alisy poyavilas' russkaya sestrichka po imeni Anya. S nej priklyuchaetsya to zhe samoe, chto i s Alisoj v Strane chudes - tol'ko na russkij lad.

Priglashenie na kazn'

Priglashenie na kazn'

Author: Vladimir Nabokov Format: eBook Release Date: 28/06/2013

"e;Priglashenie na kazn'"e; (1934, opubl. 1935-1936) - sed'moj russkij roman Vladimira Nabokova, odna iz vershin "e;sirinskogo"e; perioda tvorchestva pisatelya. V nenazvannoj vymyshlennoj strane molodoj chelovek po imeni Cincinnat C. ozhidaet kazni, buduchi zatochen v krepost' i prigovoren k smerti za svoyu narushayushchuyu obshchestvennyj pokoj neprozrachnost' ili, kak govoritsya v zaklyuchenii suda, "e;gnoseologicheskuyu gnusnost'"e;. Naveshchaemyj "e;ubogimi prizrakami"e; ohrannikov i rodstvennikov, Cincinnat vse bolee otchetlivo oshchushchaet vymorochennuyu teatral'nost' i grotesknuyu absurdnost' okruzhayushchego mira, v kotorom direktor tyur'my mozhet obernut'sya nadziratelem, a palach pritvoryaetsya uznikom i demonstriruet cirkovye tryuki. V moment kazni, odnako, butaforskij mir stremitel'no raspadaetsya, i geroj napravlyaetsya v storonu "e;sushchestv, podobnyh emu"e;, - v vysshuyu, istinnuyu real'nost'. Roman, kotoryj avtor vposledstvii nazval svoej "e;edinstvennoj poehmoj v proze"e;, podnimaet vazhnejshie dlya miroponimaniya Nabokova temy potustoronnosti, podlinnoj sushchnosti iskusstva, smysla chelovecheskogo sushchestvovaniya.

Soglyadataj

Soglyadataj

Author: Vladimir Nabokov Format: eBook Release Date: 28/06/2013

"e;Soglyadataj"e; (1930) - povest' vydayushchegosya russkogo pisatelya Vladimira Nabokova, ironichno i virtuozno obygryvayushchaya davnyuyu literaturnuyu temu dvojnichestva. Glavnyj geroj povestvovaniya, zhivushchij v Berline russkij ehmigrant, oskorbitel'nym obrazom izbit revnivym muzhem svoej lyubovnicy i, ne v silah perezhit' unizheniya, reshaetsya na samoubijstvo. Odnako i v "e;poslesmertii"e; ego ne do konca umershee "e;ya"e; prodolzhaet sushchestvovat' sredi znakomyh emu prezhde lyudej, perezhivaet nerazdelennuyu lyubov' i vnimatel'no soglyadatajstvuet za chelovekom po familii Smurov, zagadku lichnosti kotorogo avtor raskryvaet lish' v samom konce povesti.

Drugie berega

Drugie berega

Author: Vladimir Nabokov Format: eBook Release Date: 28/06/2013

Svoyu zhizn' Vladimir Nabokov rasskazhet trizhdy: po-anglijski, po-russki i snova po-anglijski. Vpervye angloyazychnye nabokovskie vospominaniya "e;Conclusive Evidence"e; ("e;Ubeditel'noe dokazatel'stvo"e;) vyshli v 1951 g. v SSHA. CHerez tri goda poyavilsya vol'nyj avtorskij perevod na russkij - "e;Drugie berega"e;. Neprostoj roman, ohvativshij period dlinoj v 40 let, s samogo nachala XX veka, memuary i pri ehtom mifologizaciya biografii... S poyavleniem "e;Drugih beregov"e; Nabokov reshil pererabotat' i pervonachal'nyj, anglijskij, variant. Tak voznik tekst v novoj redakcii pod nazvaniem "e;Speak Memory"e; ("e;Govori, pamyat'"e;, 1966 g.). Tri nabokovskih versii sobstvennoj zhizni - i popytka avtobiografii, i derznovenie "e;peresochinit'"e; ee... "e;...Vladimir Nabokov samyj bol'shoj pisatel' svoego pokoleniya, literaturnyj i psihologicheskij fenomen. CHto-to novoe, blistatel'noe i strashnoe voshlo s nim v russkuyu literaturu i v nej ostanetsya"e; (Z. A. SHahovskaya (1906 - 2001), pisatel', perevodchik, kritik, avtor memuarov).

The Original of Laura (Dying Is Fun) A Novel in Fragments

The Original of Laura (Dying Is Fun) A Novel in Fragments

Author: Vladimir Nabokov, Dmitri Nabokov Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/12/2012

The Original of Laura is Vladimir Nabokov's final, incredible unfinished novel in fragments. Dr Philip Wild, a man of brilliance, wit, fortune and tremendous bulk, is used to suffering humiliations at the hands of his wife, the younger, slender, and rudely promiscuous Flora. But in a novel, a 'maddening masterpiece' documenting her infidelities, written by one of her lovers and given to the doctor, she appears as My Laura. Dishonoured, Wild still finds pleasure in life, by indulging in self-annihilation, beginning with the removal of his toes.

Collected Poems

Collected Poems

Author: Vladimir Nabokov, Paul Muldoon Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/09/2012

This landmark new collection brings together the best of the poetry of Vladimir Nabokov, one of the twentieth century's greatest writers and author of Lolita and Pale Fire, with an extensive number of poems never before in English, newly translated from the Russian by his son Dmitri Nabokov. These masterly poems span the decades of Nabokov's career, from 'Music', written in 1914 and probably Nabokov's first recorded poem, to the short, playful 'To Vera', composed in 1974. 'The University Poem', one of Nabokov's major poetic works, is here in English for the first time. Included too are the surreally comic 'A Literary Dinner', 'Eve', the humorous 'An Evening of Russian Poetry' and 'Tolstoy', as well as verse written on America, lepidoptery, sport, love and Nabokov's Russian homeland. Part of a major new beautiful hardback series of Vladimir Nabokov's work in Penguin Classics.

Speak, Memory An Autobiography Revisited

Speak, Memory An Autobiography Revisited

Author: Vladimir Nabokov Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/09/2012

'Speak, memory', said Vladimir Nabokov. And immediately there came flooding back to him a host of enchanting recollections - of his comfortable childhood and adolescence, of his rich, liberal-minded father, his beautiful mother, an army of relations and family hangers-on and of grand old houses in St Petersburg and the surrounding countryside in pre-Revolutionary Russia. Young love, butterflies, tutors and a multitude of other themes thread together to weave an autobiography, which is itself a work of art.Part of a major new beautiful hardback series of the works of Vladimir Nabokov, author of Lolita and Pale Fire, in Penguin Classics.

Plays Lolita: A Screenplay; The Tragedy of Mister Morn

Plays Lolita: A Screenplay; The Tragedy of Mister Morn

Author: Vladimir Nabokov Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/09/2012

Nabokov's rapturous masterpiece of erotic obsession entered the common consciousness and inspired two films. It also inspired Nabokov himself to try his hand at screenwriting, and the result was this typically graceful and ingenious screenplay, which he wrote in 1960. Lolita: A Screenplay gleefully demolishes a host of stereotypes - sexual, moral and aesthetic. The notion that cinema and literature are two separate spheres is dismantled as Nabokov marries the structural and narrative felicities of great film and prose to create a work that will delight cineophiles and Nabokovians alike. Nabokov's first major work and his only play, The Tragedy of Mister Morn is a moving study of the elusiveness of happiness, the power of imagination and the eternal battle between truth and fantasy. In this astonishingly precocious work, we see for the first time the major themes of this great writer: intense sexual desire and jealousy, precarious make-believe, glittering happiness and abject despair. Part of a major new beautiful hardback series of the works of Vladimir Nabokov, author of Pnin and Pale Fire, in Penguin Classics.

Selected Poems

Selected Poems

Author: Vladimir Nabokov Format: eBook Release Date: 08/05/2012

Though we know Vladimir Nabokov as a brilliant novelist, his first love was poetry. This landmark collection brings together the best of his verse, including many pieces that have never before appeared in English. These poems span the whole of Nabokovs career, from the newly discovered Music, written in 1914, to the short, playful To Vra, composed in 1974. Many are newly translated by Dmitri Nabokov, including The University Poem, a sparkling novella in verse (modeled on Pushkins Eugene Onegin) that constitutes a significant new addition to Nabokovs oeuvre. Included too are such poems as Lilith, an early work which broaches the taboo theme revisited nearly forty years later in Lolita, and An Evening of Russian Poetry, a masterpiece in which Nabokov movingly mourns his lost language in the guise of a versified lecture on Russian delivered to college girls. The subjects range from the Russian Revolution to the American refrigerator, taking in on the way motel rooms, butterflies, ice-skating, love, desire, exile, loneliness, language, and poetry itself; and the poet whirls swiftly between the brilliantly painted facets of his genius, wearing masks that are by turns tender, demonic, sincere, self-parodying, shamanic, visionary, and ingeniously domestic.

The Gift

The Gift

Author: Vladimir Nabokov Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/03/2012

The Gift is the phantasmal autobiography of Fyodor Godunov-Cherdynstev, a writer living in the closed world of Russian intellectuals in Berlin shortly after the First World War. This gorgeous tapestry of literature and butterflies tells the story of Fyodor's pursuits as a writer. Its heroine is not Fyodor's elusive and beloved Zina, however, but Russian prose and poetry themselves.

Bend Sinister

Bend Sinister

Author: Vladimir Nabokov Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/03/2012

Part of the fabulous new hardback library of 22 Vladimir Nabokov books, publishing over the coming year, with an elegant new jacket and text design. The state has been recently taken over and is being run by the tyrannical and philistine 'Average Man' party. Under the slogans of equality and happiness for all, it has done away with individualism and freedom of thought. Only John Krug, a brilliant philosopher, stands up to the regime. His antagonist, the leader of the new party, is his old school enemy, Paduk - known as the 'Toad'. Grieving over his wife's recent death, Krug is at first dismissive of Paduk's activities and sees no threat in them. But the sinister machine which Paduk has set in motion may prove stronger than the individual, stronger even than the grotesque 'Toad' himself.

Laughter in the Dark

Laughter in the Dark

Author: Vladimir Nabokov Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/03/2012

In Berlin there lived a man called Albinus. He was rich, respectable and happy but one day he abandoned his wife for the sake of a youthful mistress he loved. He was not loved in return, however, and his life ended in disaster. The original Russian text of this novel was published in 1933.

Look at the Harlequins!

Look at the Harlequins!

Author: Vladimir Nabokov Format: eBook Release Date: 20/10/2011

As intricate as a house of mirrors, Nabokovs last novel is an ironic play on the Janus-like relationship between fiction and reality. It is the autobiography of the eminent Russian-American author Vadim Vadimovich N. (b. 1899), whose life bears an uncanny resemblance to that of Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov, though the two are not to be confused (?). Focusing on the central figures of his life his four wives, his books, and his muse, Dementia the book leads us to suspect that the fictions Vadim has created as an author have crossed the line between his lifes work and his life itself, as the worlds of reality and literary invention grow increasingly indistinguishable. One of the twentieth centurys master prose stylists, Vladimir Nabokov was born in St. Petersburg in 1899. He studied French and Russian literature at Trinity College, Cambridge, then lived in Berlin and Paris, where he launched a brilliant literary career. In 1940 he moved to the United States, and achieved renown as a novelist, poet, critic, and translator. He taught literature at Wellesley, Stanford, Cornell, and Harvard. In 1961 he moved to Montreux, Switzerland, where he died in 1977. One of the greatest masters of prose since Conrad. Harpers

Transparent Things

Transparent Things

Author: Vladimir Nabokov Format: eBook Release Date: 20/10/2011

Transparent Things revolves around four visits of the hero sullen, gawky Hugh Person to Switzerland. . . . As a young publisher, Hugh is sent to interview R., falls in love with Armande on the way, wrests her, after multiple humiliations, from a grinning Scandinavian and returns to New York with his bride. . . . Eight years later following a murder, a period of madness and brief imprisonment Hugh makes a lone sentimental journey to wheedle out his past. . . . The several strands of dream, memory, and time [are] set off against the literary theorizing of R. and, more centrally, against the world of observable objects. - Martin AmisOne of the twentieth centurys master prose stylists, Vladimir Nabokov was born in St. Petersburg in 1899. He studied French and Russian literature at Trinity College, Cambridge, then lived in Berlin and Paris, where he launched a brilliant literary career. In 1940 he moved to the United States, and achieved renown as a novelist, poet, critic, and translator. He taught literature at Wellesley, Stanford, Cornell, and Harvard. In 1961 he moved to Montreux, Switzerland, where he died in 1977. Nabokov writes prose the only way it should be written, that is, ecstatically. John Updike

Ada, or Ardor

Ada, or Ardor

Author: Vladimir Nabokov Format: eBook Release Date: 20/09/2011

Published two weeks after Vladimir Nabokovs seventieth birthday, Ada, or Ardor is one of his greatest masterpieces, the glorious culmination of his career as a novelist. It tells a love story troubled by incest, but it is also at once a fairy tale, epic, philosophical treatise on the nature of time, parody of the history of the novel, and erotic catalogue. Ada, or Ardor is no less than the supreme work of an imagination at white heat. This is the first American edition to include the extensive and ingeniously sardonic appendix by the author, written under the anagrammatic pseudonym Vivian Darkbloom. One of the twentieth centurys master prose stylists, Vladimir Nabokov was born in St. Petersburg in 1899. He studied French and Russian literature at Trinity College, Cambridge, then lived in Berlin and Paris, where he launched a brilliant literary career. In 1940 he moved to the United States, and achieved renown as a novelist, poet, critic, and translator. He taught literature at Wellesley, Stanford, Cornell, and Harvard. In 1961 he moved to Montreux, Switzerland, where he died in 1977. Nabokov writes prose the only way it should be written, that is, ecstatically. John Updike

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?

Real Life of Sebastian Knight

Real Life of Sebastian Knight

Author: Vladimir Nabokov Format: eBook Release Date: 20/08/2011

The Real Life of Sebastian Knight, the first novel Nabokov wrote in English, is a tantalizing literary mystery in which a writers half brother searches to unravel the enigma of the life of the famous author of Albinos in Black, The Back of the Moon, and Doubtful Asphodel. A characteristically cunning play on identity and deception, the novel concludes I am Sebastian, or Sebastian is I, or perhaps we both are someone whom neither of us knows. One of the twentieth centurys master prose stylists, Vladimir Nabokov was born in St. Petersburg in 1899. He studied French and Russian literature at Trinity College, Cambridge, then lived in Berlin and Paris, where he launched a brilliant literary career. In 1940 he moved to the United States, and achieved renown as a novelist, poet, critic, and translator. He taught literature at Wellesley, Stanford, Cornell, and Harvard. In 1961 he moved to Montreux, Switzerland, where he died in 1977. Witty and sad at the same time. Profound and dazzling."e; Chicago Sun-Times

Gift

Gift

Author: Vladimir Nabokov Format: eBook Release Date: 20/05/2011

The Gift is the last of the novels Nabokov wrote in his native language and the crowning achievement of that period in his literary career. It is also his ode to Russian literature, evoking the works of Pushkin, Gogol, and others in the course of its narrative: the story of Fyodor Godunov-Cherdyntsev, an impoverished migr poet living in Berlin, who dreams of the book he will someday write a book very much like The Gift itself. One of the twentieth centurys master prose stylists, Vladimir Nabokov was born in St. Petersburg in 1899. He studied French and Russian literature at Trinity College, Cambridge, then lived in Berlin and Paris, where he launched a brilliant literary career. In 1940 he moved to the United States, and achieved renown as a novelist, poet, critic, and translator. He taught literature at Wellesley, Stanford, Cornell, and Harvard. In 1961 he moved to Montreux, Switzerland, where he died in 1977. Nabokov writes prose the only way it should be written, that is, ecstatically. John Updike

Lolita

Lolita

Author: Vladimir Nabokov Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/03/2011

'Lolita, light of my life, fire of my loins. My sin, my soul. Lo-lee-ta: the tip of my tongue taking a trip of three steps down the palate to tap, at three, on the teeth. Lo. Lee. Ta.' Humbert Humbert is a middle-aged, frustrated college professor. In love with his landlady's twelve-year-old daughter Lolita, he'll do anything to possess her. Unable and unwilling to stop himself, he is prepared to commit any crime to get what he wants. Is he in love or insane? A silver-tongued poet or a pervert? A tortured soul or a monster? Or is he all of these?

Despair

Despair

Author: Vladimir Nabokov Format: eBook Release Date: 20/03/2011

Extensively revised by Nabokov in 1965 thirty years after its original publication Despair is the wickedly inventive and richly derisive story of Hermann, a man who undertakes the perfect crime: his own murder.A beautiful mystery plot, not to be revealed. - NewsweekOne of the twentieth centurys master prose stylists, Vladimir Nabokov was born in St. Petersburg in 1899. He studied French and Russian literature at Trinity College, Cambridge, then lived in Berlin and Paris, where he launched a brilliant literary career. In 1940 he moved to the United States, and achieved renown as a novelist, poet, critic, and translator. He taught literature at Wellesley, Stanford, Cornell, and Harvard. In 1961 he moved to Montreux, Switzerland, where he died in 1977.Nabokov writes prose the only way it should be written, that is, ecstatically. John Updike

Laughter in the Dark

Laughter in the Dark

Author: Vladimir Nabokov Format: eBook Release Date: 20/02/2011

Albinus, a respectable, middle-aged man and aspiring filmmaker, abandons his wife for a lover half his age: Margot, who wants to become a movie star herself. When Albinus introduces her to Rex, an American movie producer, disaster ensues. What emerges is an elegantly sardonic and irresistibly ironic novel of desire, deceit, and deception, a curious romance set in the film world of Berlin in the 1930s. One of the twentieth centurys master prose stylists, Vladimir Nabokov was born in St. Petersburg in 1899. He studied French and Russian literature at Trinity College, Cambridge, then lived in Berlin and Paris, where he launched a brilliant literary career. In 1940 he moved to the United States, and achieved renown as a novelist, poet, critic, and translator. He taught literature at Wellesley, Stanford, Cornell, and Harvard. In 1961 he moved to Montreux, Switzerland, where he died in 1977. Nabokov writes prose the only way it should be written, that is, ecstatically. John Updike

Nikolai Gogol

Nikolai Gogol

Author: Vladimir Nabokov Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/02/2011

Nikolai Gogol was one of the great geniuses of nineteenth century Russian literature, with a command of the irrational unmatched by any writer before or since. His strange tales, though often read as forceful demands for social change, were displays of the fantasies of the human spirit. In this ideal marriage of subject and critic, Nabokov analyses his endlessly inventive compatriot, focusing on the masterpieces Dead Souls, The Overcoat and The Government Inspector. Misunderstood by his contemporaries, mishandled by theatre directors and ending his life mistreated by doctors - with medicinal leeches hanging from his exceptional nose - it took Nabokov to give Gogol, 'the oddest Russian in Russia', the critical biography he and his singular, brilliant work deserve.

Strong Opinions

Strong Opinions

Author: Vladimir Nabokov Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/02/2011

Nabokov begins his Strong Opinions 'I think like a genius, I write like a distinguished author, and I speak like a child.' In the interviews collected here - covering everything from his own burgeoning literary celebrity to Kubrick's Lolita to lepidoptery - he is never casual or off-guard. Instead he insisted on receiving questions in advance and always carefully composed his responses. Keen to dismiss those who fail to understand his work and happy to butcher those sacred cows of the literary canon he dislikes, Nabokov is much too entertaining to be infuriating, and these interviews, letters and articles are as engaging, challenging and caustic as anything he ever wrote.

Glory

Glory

Author: Vladimir Nabokov Format: eBook Release Date: 20/01/2011

Glory is the wryly ironic story of Martin Edelweiss, a twenty-two-year-old Russian migr of no account, who is in love with a girl who refuses to marry him. Convinced that his life is about to be wasted and hoping to impress his love, he decides to embark upon a perilous, daredevil project an illegal attempt to reenter the Soviet Union, from which he and his mother had fled in 1919. He succeeds but at a terrible cost. Nabokov writes prose the only way it should be written, that is, ecstatically. John Updike

Eye

Eye

Author: Vladimir Nabokov Format: eBook Release Date: 20/01/2011

Nabokovs fourth novel, The Eye is as much a farcical detective story as it is a profoundly refractive tale about the vicissitudes of identities and appearances. Smurov, a lovelorn, excruciatingly self-conscious Russian migr living in pre-war Berlin, commits suicide after being humiliated by a jealous husband, only to suffer even greater indignities in the afterlife as he searches for proof of his existence among fellow migrs who are too distracted to pay him any heed.Nabokov writes prose the only way it should be written, that is, ecstatically. John Updike

Luzhin Defense

Luzhin Defense

Author: Vladimir Nabokov Format: eBook Release Date: 20/12/2010

Nabokovs third novel, The Luzhin Defense, is a chilling story of obsession and madness. As a young boy, Luzhin was unattractive, distracted, withdrawn, sullen an enigma to his parents and an object of ridicule to his classmates. He takes up chess as a refuge from the anxiety of his everyday life. His talent is prodigious and he rises to the rank of grandmaster but at a cost: in Luzhins obsessive mind, the game of chess gradually supplants reality. His own world falls apart during a crucial championship match, when the intricate defense he has devised withers under his opponents unexpected and unpredictable lines of assault. One of the twentieth centurys master prose stylists, Vladimir Nabokov was born in St. Petersburg in 1899. He studied French and Russian literature at Trinity College, Cambridge, then lived in Berlin and Paris, where he launched a brilliant literary career. In 1940, he moved to the United States and achieved renown as a novelist, poet, critic, and translator. He taught literature at Wellesley, Stanford, Cornell, and Harvard. In 1961, he moved to Montreux, Switzerland, where he died in 1977. [Nabokov is] the supreme master. The New York Times Book Review

King, Queen, Knave

King, Queen, Knave

Author: Vladimir Nabokov Format: eBook Release Date: 05/12/2010

This novel is the story of Dreyer, a wealthy and boisterous proprietor of a mens clothing emporium. Ruddy, self-satisfied, and thoroughly masculine, he is perfectly repugnant to his exquisite but cold middle-class wife, Martha. Attracted to his money but repelled by his oblivious passion, she longs for their nephew instead, the thin, awkward, myopic Franz. Newly arrived in Berlin, Franz soon repays his uncles condescension in his aunts bed. One of the twentieth centurys master prose stylists, Vladimir Nabokov was born in St. Petersburg in 1899. He studied French and Russian literature at Trinity College, Cambridge, then lived in Berlin and Paris, where he launched a brilliant literary career. In 1940 he moved to the United States, and achieved renown as a novelist, poet, critic, and translator. He taught literature at Wellesley, Stanford, Cornell, and Harvard. In 1961 he moved to Montreux, Switzerland, where he died in 1977. Nabokov writes prose the only way it should be written, that is, ecstatically. John Updike

Stories of Vladimir Nabokov

Stories of Vladimir Nabokov

Author: Vladimir Nabokov Format: eBook Release Date: 20/11/2010

From Vladimir Nabokov, the writer who shocked and delighted the world with his novels Lolita, Pale Fire, and Ada, or Ardor, comes a magnificent collection of stories. Written between the 1920s and the 1950s, these sixty-eight tales fourteen of which have been translated into English for the first time - display all the shades of Nabokovs imagination. They range from sprightly fables to bittersweet tales of loss, from claustrophobic exercises in horror to a connoisseurs samplings of the table of human folly. Read as a whole, The Stories of Vladimir Nabokov offers an intoxicating draft of the masters genius, his devious wit, and his ability to turn language into an instrument of ecstasy. This edition includes the newly discovered story Natasha. Sumptuous . . . glorious. The New York TimesSome of the most nape-tingling prose and devilish inventions in twentieth-century letters. . . . An authentic literary event. Time

Mary

Mary

Author: Vladimir Nabokov Format: eBook Release Date: 28/09/2010

In a Berlin rooming house filled with an assortment of serio-comic Russian migrs, Lev Ganin, a vigorous young officer poised between his past and his future, relives his first love affair. His memories of Mary are suffused with the freshness of youth and the idyllic ambience of pre-revolutionary Russia. In stark contrast is the decidedly unappealing boarder living in the room next to Ganins, who, he discovers, is Marys husband, temporarily separated from her by the Revolution but expecting her imminent arrival from Russia.Nabokov writes prose the only way it should be written, that is, ecstatically. John Updike

Enchanter

Enchanter

Author: Vladimir Nabokov Format: eBook Release Date: 20/09/2010

The Enchanter is the Ur-Lolita, the precursor to Nabokovs classic novel. At once hilarious and chilling, it tells the story of an outwardly respectable man and his fatal obsession with certain pubescent girls, whose coltish grace and subconscious coquetry reveal, to his mind, a special bud on the verge of bloom. Masterly . . . brilliant. V.S. Pritchett, The New York Review of BooksA gem to be appreciated by any admirer of the most graceful and provocative literary craftsman. Chicago TribuneOne of the twentieth centurys master prose stylists, Vladimir Nabokov was born in St. Petersburg in 1899. He studied French and Russian literature at Trinity College, Cambridge, then lived in Berlin and Paris, where he launched a brilliant literary career. In 1940 he moved to the United States, and achieved renown as a novelist, poet, critic, and translator. He taught literature at Wellesley, Stanford, Cornell, and Harvard. In 1961 he moved to Montreux, Switzerland, where he died in 1977. One of the best books of the year . . . [The Enchanter] displays the supple clarity of a master. The Boston GlobeNabokov writes prose the only way it should be written, that is, ecstatically. John Updike

Lolita

Lolita

Author: Vladimir Nabokov Format: eBook Release Date: 01/08/2010

When I saw this film for the first time, I felt angry, disappointed, but still reluctantly happy. I think a lot of creative ideas irrelevant to the topic (such as the scenes of terribly shoving back and forth or drinking whiskey in the bathtub frantically) is very gratifying, while some other inverted creative ideas (such as the collapse of the camping bed or the edge of Miss Weileon's fine pajamas) is annoying. Most of the scenes are not actually much better than the one I carefully wrote for Kubrick. I have to feel sorry for wasting my time while admire Kubrick's perseverance, because he has suffered from the development of a useless form of torture for about six months in total. But I was wrong. I remembered the inspiration I got on the hills during which I laid on the lawn recliners under the blue-flowered trees with the inner dynamics and the mood of gratification, and soon......

Real Life of Sebastian Knight

Real Life of Sebastian Knight

Author: Vladimir Nabokov Format: eBook Release Date: 01/02/2010

The hero Sebastian Knight is a fictional Russian-British writer, his track was secret and maverick and he was famous for being good at writing "e;research novel"e;, unfortunately, he died at an early age. The first-person narrator of the story is Sebastian's half-blooded brother V. In order to refute the distortion of the journalist Goodman to his deceased brother, he is determined to write a biography for his brother. He carefully studies his brother's work and a small amount of legacy documents and visits a small number of insiders to try to retrospect the traces of his brother when he was still alive. As the story unfolds, a talented, individualistic, and quirky fictional writer appears in front of the reader, while the narrator himself is thinking about life and literary creation in the process of investigation and writing and then become another of hero. This book is first English novel written by the master of literary form Nabokov.

Mary

Mary

Author: Vladimir Nabokov Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/11/2009

'Nabokov can move you to laughter in the way that masters can - to laughter that is near to tears' Guardian Lev Ganin is a young officer sharing a boarding house in Berlin with a host of Russian emigres. Alone in his room, he dreams of his first love, Mary. Awash with memories of youth and idyllic scenes of pre-Revolution Russia, Ganin becomes convinced that Mary is in fact the wife of a fellow-boarder, due to arrive at this very house soon. He longs for her arrival, when he can whisk her away and leave everything behind ...

The Enchanter

The Enchanter

Author: Vladimir Nabokov Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/11/2009

Nabokov described this novella, written in Paris in 1939 but only published twenty years later, as 'the first little throb of Lolita'. The plot is similar: a middle-aged man wedding an unattractive widow in order to indulge his paedophilic obsession with her daughter. However, The Enchanter has an utterly different atmosphere, as time, place and even names remain a mystery. Nabokov transforms his protagonist's attempts to lull his twelve-year-old step-daughter into a state of 'enchantment' into a graceful, chilling fairytale.

Go Ahead, Memory

Go Ahead, Memory

Author: Vladimir Nabokov Format: eBook Release Date: 01/04/2009

My thought goes back to the past-and the despairing thoughts fade away gradually -- I fumbled a secret channel far away, but found the prison of the time is spherical and there is no exit. Apart from the suicide, I tried almost everything. I have ever abandoned my identity in order to be able to act as a traditional specter and sneak into a country that existed before I was born. The color spiral in a small glass ball is just how I look at my life......When I look back at those years of exile, I see myself and thousands of other Russians live a strange but not completely unpleasant life and be trapped in the material poverty and luxurious thought, wandering among the vile people, the spooky Germans and the French. We and the exiles happen to live in their somewhat dreamy houses.

Defending

Defending

Author: Vladimir Nabokov Format: eBook Release Date: 01/02/2009

This dream has been re-showing his real chess life from beginning to end, sometimes fuzzy, and sometimes clear. Finally, the dream passed, and the reality is only thinking for the chess, sleepless for the chess at night in the hotel......when he touches with the world around him and cannot fully understand, his light of reason often will drop off and half of his power also leaves away. Since the surrounding world has become a fantasy dream, he would not need to worry about it and his intelligence will be gathered again and be stronger and stronger. The difference between the real life and chess life is clear and filled with adventurous color. Lu Ren is quite proud to note that in chess life, he could control everything easily and everything would follow his idea and listen to his arrangements. That night, faced with this slow and elegant attack, he was more ......than ever before.

The Real Life of Sebastian Knight

The Real Life of Sebastian Knight

Author: Vladimir Nabokov, Michael Dirda Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/07/2008

Transparency

Transparency

Author: Vladimir Nabokov Format: eBook Release Date: 01/01/2008

If there is a future existing specifically in the form of an individual, just as the things could be perceived by smart person, then the past may not be so enticing: its charm will be offset by the attraction of the future. When considering this object or object, people may be riding in the middle of the seesaw. That is very interesting. But the future is not as real as this (the past can be portrayed, and the present can be observed); the future is just a metaphor or a phantom of the mind. When we focus on a real object, no matter how it is, our attention and behavior may lead us to explore the history of the object unconsciously. If the beginner wants to stay at the level of the moment he has witnessed, he must learn to glance over it.

Eyes

Eyes

Author: Vladimir Nabokov Format: eBook Release Date: 01/01/2008

A serious psychologist can recognize the world dissolved by the soul through the rain like, cryptic password, where the existence of poor S Mu Rolf depends only on his reflection in the minds of others, and their minds would also be like him being trapped in the same quirky mirror-like dilemma. The structure of the story parodies the structure of a detective novel, but to be true, the author denies any intention of playing, confusing, fooling, or deceiving readers. In fact, only the readers could understand it immediately will get the real satisfaction from the Eyes. Even if the most credulous readers do not need to spend too much time in knowing who is Smurov when reading this smart and flashing story. I have ever conducted the experiment on a British woman, two graduate students, a hockey coach, a doctor, a neighbor's 12-year-old child.

Magician

Magician

Author: Vladimir Nabokov Format: eBook Release Date: 01/01/2008

Nabokov has treated Magician as the prequel of Lolita which indicating the gist of "e;the hunter of devil"e; in Lolita. In the novel, Nabokov set "e;magician"e; as a lusty middle-aged man, he courted to a widow to be close to her daughter. "e;There are similarities between the plot of Magician and Lolita, but the magician changed the desire to a fairy-tale dream with magic, thus created a completely different ending from Lolita.

Mary

Mary

Author: Vladimir Nabokov Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/08/2007

Alone in his room in a dirty Berlin pension, Ganin reminisces about Mary, his first love. He fantasizes that a fellow lodger's wife, due to arrive the next day, is his long-lost sweetheart and plots how they will run away together, leaving everything else far behind ... United by the theme of love, the writings in the Great Loves series span over two thousand years and vastly different worlds. Readers will be introduced to love's endlessly fascinating possibilities and extremities: romantic love, platonic love, erotic love, gay love, virginal love, adulterous love, parental love, filial love, nostalgic love, unrequited love, illicit love, not to mention lost love, twisted and obsessional love....

Mary

Mary

Author: Vladimir Nabokov Format: eBook Release Date: 01/01/2007

Mashenka is my first novel. I started writing this book in Berlin, shortly after my marriage in the spring of 1925, and I finished it by the beginning of the following year......It is well known that the writer who writes for the first time has a strong tendency to put his own work into his work, that is to say, he would put himself or a substitute into his first novel, doing so is more out of the intention that get rid of our inner heart and carry out more wonderful things at ease, than the attractiveness of ready-made material. And this is one of a few general rules I could accept. Because of the extraordinary distance of Russia, and nostalgia has always been an obsessive companion in your life, I have become accustomed to enduring the abominable eccentricity of this partner in public, and I admit that I am emotionally attached to this virgin without any embarrassment.

Laughter in the Dark

Laughter in the Dark

Author: Vladimir Nabokov, John Banville Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/09/2006

Glory

Glory

Author: Vladimir Nabokov Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/07/2006

'In general Glory is my happiest thing.' 'The fun of Glory is . . . to be sought in the echoing and linking of minor events, in back-and-forth switches, which produce an illusion of impetus; in an old daydream directly becoming the blessing of the ball hugged to one's chest, or in the casual vision of Martin's mother grieving beyond the time-frame of the novel in an abstraction of the future that the reader can only guess at, even after he has raced through the last seven chapters where a regular madness of structural twists and a masquerade of all characters culminate in a furious finale, although nothing much happens at the very end - just a bird perching on a wicket in the greyness of a wet day' - Vladimir Nabokov

Lolita

Lolita

Author: Vladimir Nabokov Format: eBook Release Date: 27/06/2006

Awe and exhiliration--along with heartbreak and mordant wit--abound in Lolita, Nabokov's most famous and controversial novel, which tells the story of the aging Humbert Humbert's obsessive, devouring, and doomed passion for the nymphet Dolores Haze. Lolita is also the story of a hypercivilized European colliding with the cheerful barbarism of postwar America. Most of all, it is a meditation on love--love as outrage and hallucination, madness and transformation.

Lolita

Lolita

Author: Vladimir Nabokov Format: eBook Release Date: 01/05/2006

As a medical history, there is no doubt that Lolita will become the classic in psychiatry. As a work of art, it transcends all aspects of the atonement; and in our view, the book's moral impact on the serious readers is more important than the scientific and literary values, because in this profound personal study, there is a universal lesson implying from it; a willful child, a selfish mother, a panting madman--these characters are not only lifelike characters in a unique story; they remind us of the dangerous tendencies; they point out the evil that has a strong influence. Lolita should make us all--parents, social workers, educators should be with greater vigilance and vision and cultivate more excellent people for a safer world.

Desperation

Desperation

Author: Vladimir Nabokov Format: eBook Release Date: 01/04/2006

Similar with my other works, Desperation does not contain the evaluation to the community, and put forward ideological implications openly. It does not enhance the quality of the human spirit, nor guide people to a legitimate way. It contains much or less "e;thought"e; than the gaudy and vulgar novels, which have been blown up for a while and have been coaxed to step down for another while. The enthusiastic Freudian would think that he found something new from my long-standing manuscript, or a Viennese-style dream, but if you take a closer look at and think on it, all of this is only a mocking illusion created by my agent. I just want to add more that, in case, experts in the "e;genre"e; of literary studies this time should be smart to avoid adding the impression of "e;influenced by German Impressionism"e; to me at random: I do not know German and never......

Laughter in Darkness

Laughter in Darkness

Author: Vladimir Nabokov Format: eBook Release Date: 01/04/2006

This book was written in Berlin in 1932, titled Dark Boxes, published in Paris and Berlin, translated by WeiA*Loi in English in 1936, published in London with its original title, and in 1938 Nabokov himself substantially revised and retranslated it and then it was published in New York with the new title Laughter in Darkness. The novel follow the popular low-cost triangular love story popular in 1920s and 30s films. At the beginning, it has treated the film as the title to show the relationship between the main characters. Actor Obinas wants to use the new technology animation to make the painting of the ancient master "e;alive"e; and propose the cooperation with the caricature Rex. Obinas have fell in love with the seat guider of cinema Margot who "e;is addicted to watching the movie"e; and had a dream to be a movie star. But when she was convinced that he belongs to a class that could provide "e;conditions for her to stand on the stage and on the screen"e;, she......

Lolita

Lolita

Author: Vladimir Nabokov Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/01/2006

Humbert Humbert is a middle-aged, fastidious college professor. He also likes little girls. And none more so than Lolita, who he'll do anything to possess. Is he in love or insane? A silver-tongued poet or a pervert? A tortured soul or a monster? ...Or is he all of these?

Pnin

Pnin

Author: Vladimir Nabokov, David Lodge Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/03/2004

Initially an almost grotesquely comic figure, Pnin gradually grows in stature by contrast with those who laugh at him. Whether taking the wrong train to deliver a lecture in a language he has not mastered or throwing a faculty party during which he learns he is losing his job, the gently preposterous hero of this enchanting novel evokes the reader's deepest protective instinct. Serialized in The New Yorker and published in book form in 1957, PNIN brought Nabokov both his first National Book Award nomination and hitherto unprecedented popularity.

Laughter in the Dark

Laughter in the Dark

Author: Vladimir Nabokov Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/10/2001

Albinus - rich, married middle-aged and respectable - is an art critic and aspiring filmmaker who lusts after the coquettish young cinema usherette Margot. Gradually he seduces her and convinces himself he is irresistible to her, but Margot has other plans. She wants to be a film star, and when Albinus introduces her to the American movie producer Axel Rex, she sees her chance - and plotting, duplicity and tragedy ensue.

Invitation to a Beheading

Invitation to a Beheading

Author: Vladimir Nabokov Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/04/2001

Written in Berlin in 1934, Invitation to a Beheading contains all the surprise, excitement and magical intensity of a work created in two brief weeks of sustained inspiration. It takes us into the fantastic prison-world of Cincinnatus, a man condemned to death and spending his last days in prison not quite knowing when the end will come. Nabokov described the book as 'a violin in a void. The worldling will deem it a trick. Old men will hurriedly turn from it to regional romances and the lives of public figures ... The evil-minded will perceive in little Emmie a sister of little Lolita ... But I know a few readers who will jump up, ruffling their hair'.

Bend Sinister

Bend Sinister

Author: Vladimir Nabokov Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/04/2001

The state has been recently taken over and is being run by the tyrannical and philistine 'Average Man' party. Under the slogans of equality and happiness for all, it has done away with individualism and freedom of thought. Only John Krug, a brilliant philosopher, stands up to the regime. His antagonist, the leader of the new party, is his old school enemy, Paduk - known as the 'Toad'. Grieving over his wife's recent death, Krug is at first dismissive of Paduk's activities and sees no threat in them. But the sinister machine which Paduk has set in motion may prove stronger than the individual, stronger even than the grotesque 'Toad' himself.

The Gift

The Gift

Author: Vladimir Nabokov Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/04/2001

The Gift is the phantasmal autobiography of Fyodor Godunov-Cherdynstev, a writer living in the closed world of Russian intellectuals in Berlin shortly after the First World War. This gorgeous tapestry of literature and butterflies tells the story of Fyodor's pursuits as a writer. Its heroine is not Fyodor's elusive and beloved Zina, however, but Russian prose and poetry themselves.

Collected Stories

Collected Stories

Author: Vladimir Nabokov Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/02/2001

A man at his desk is interrupted by the appearance of a woodland elf in his room; the piano maestro Bachmann ends his career; a barber shaves the face of a man who once tortured him; a shy dreamer makes a deal with the Devil. In these sixty-five stories of magic and melancholy, Nabokov displays an astonishing range of inventiveness, with dazzling sleight of hand, fantastical fairy tales, intellectual games and enchanting glimpses into lives of ambiguity and loss. The collection displays Nabokov's astonishing range of technical and formal inventiveness: the dazzling sleight of hand, fanciful fairy tales, ingenious puzzles, enchanting vignettes and haunting melancholic narratives full of disturbing ambiguities.

King, Queen, Knave

King, Queen, Knave

Author: Vladimir Nabokov Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/02/2001

'Vladimir Nabokov was a literary genius' David Lodge 'Of all my novels this bright brute is the gayest', Nabokov wrote of King, Queen, Knave. Comic, sensual and cerebral, it dramatizes an Oedipal love triangle, a tragi-comedy of husband, wife and lover, through Dreyer the rich businessman, his ripe-lipped ad mercenary wife Martha, and their bespectacled nephew Franz. 'If a resolute Freudian manages to slip in' - Nabokov darts a glance to the reader - 'he or she should be warned that a number of cruel traps have been set here and there...

Pnin

Pnin

Author: Vladimir Nabokov, Michael Wood Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/12/2000

Professor Timofey Pnin, late of Tsarist Russia, is now precariously perched at the heart of an American campus. Battling with American life and language, Pnin must face great hazards in this new world: the ruination of his beautiful lumber-room-as-office; the removal of his teeth and the fitting of new ones; the search for a suitable boarding house; and the trials of taking the wrong train to deliver a lecture in a language he has yet to master. Wry, intelligent and moving, Pnin reveals the absurd and affecting story of one man in exile.

Despair

Despair

Author: Vladimir Nabokov Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/11/2000

'A work of rapture - jolting, hilarious and incredibly racy' Martin Amis, The Times Self-satisfied, delighting in the many fascinating quirks of his own personality, Hermann Hermann is perhaps not to be taken too seriously. But then a chance meeting with Felix, a man he believes to be his double, reveals a frightening 'split' in Hermann's nature. Convinced that he has found his doppelganger, Hermann uses this discovery to weave a money-making plan that leads to disguise, betrayal and eventually murder. Filled with impudent, startling humour, and dominated by the egotistical and scornful figure of a killer who thinks himself an artist, Despair takes us into a deranged world of doubles and illusions, where nothing is quite as it seems.

Pale Fire

Pale Fire

Author: Vladimir Nabokov, Mary McCarthy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/08/2000

The American poet John Shade is dead; murdered. His last poem, Pale Fire, is put into a book, together with a preface, a lengthy commentary and notes by Shade's editor, Charles Kinbote. Known on campus as the 'Great Beaver', Kinbote is haughty, inquisitive, intolerant, but is he also mad, bad - and even dangerous? As his wildly eccentric annotations slide into the personal and the fantastical, Kinbote reveals perhaps more than he should. Nabokov's darkly witty, richly inventive masterwork is a suspenseful whodunit, a story of one-upmanship and dubious penmanship, and a glorious literary conundrum.

The Annotated Lolita

The Annotated Lolita

Author: Vladimir Nabokov, Alfred Appel Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/07/2000

When Lolita was first published in 1955 it created a sensation and established Nabokov as one of the most original prose writers of the twentieth century. This annotated edition, a revised and considerably expanded version of the 1970 edition, does full justice to the textual riches of Lolita, illuminating the elaborate verbal textures and showing how they contribute to the novel's overall meaning. Alfred Appel, Jr. also provides fresh observations on the novel's artifice, games and verbal patternings and a delightful biographical vignette of Nabokov. The annotations themselves were prepared in consultation with Nabokov while newly identified allusions were confirmed by him during the final years of his life.

Speak, Memory An Autobiography Revisited

Speak, Memory An Autobiography Revisited

Author: Vladimir Nabokov Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/07/2000

'Speak, memory', said Vladimir Nabokov. And immediately there came flooding back to him a host of enchanting recollections - of his comfortable childhood and adolescence, of his rich, liberal-minded father, his beautiful mother, an army of relations and family hangers-on and of grand old houses in St Petersburg and the surrounding countryside in pre-Revolutionary Russia. Young love, butterflies, tutors and a multitude of other themes thread together to weave an autobiography, which is itself a work of art.

The Luzhin Defense

The Luzhin Defense

Author: Vladimir Nabokov, John Updike Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/06/2000

Vladimir Nabokov's early novel is the dazzling story of the coarse, strange yet oddly endearing chess-playing genius Luzhin. Discovering his prodigious gift in boyhood and rising to the rank of International Grandmaster, Luzhin develops a lyrical passion for chess that renders the real world a phantom. As he confronts the fiery, swift-swooping Italian Grandmaster Turati, he brings into play his carefully devised defence. Making masterly play of metaphor and imagery, The Luzhin Defense is the book that, of his early works, Nabokov felt 'contains and diffuses the greatest warmth'.

Ada or Ardor

Ada or Ardor

Author: Vladimir Nabokov Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/04/2000

'A great work of art, radiant and rapturous, affirming the power of love and imagination' The New York Times Book Review Ada or Ardor is a romance that follows Ada from her first childhood meeting with Van Veen on his uncle's country estate, in a 'dream-bright' America, through eighty years of rapture, as they cross continents, are continually parted and reunited, come to learn the strange truth about their singular relationship and, decades later, put their extraordinary experiences into words. Written in mischievous and magically flowing prose, Nabokov's longest, richest novel is a love story, but also a fairy tale, a historical parody, an erotic satire, an exploration of the passing of time and a supreme work of the imagination.

Lolita

Lolita

Author: Vladimir Nabokov, John Ray, Craig Raine Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/02/2000

One of the most controversial novels of the twentieth century, Vladimir Nabokov's Lolita is a strange, troubling love story told by the one of the most unreliable narrators in literature. This Penguin Modern Classics edition includes an afterword by Craig Raine. Poet and pervert, Humbert Humbert becomes obsessed by twelve-year-old Lolita and seeks to possess her, first carnally and then artistically, out of love, 'to fix once for all the perilous magic of nymphets'. Is he in love or insane? A silver-tongued poet or a pervert? A tortured soul or a monster? Or is he all of these? Humbert Humbert's seduction is one of many dimensions in Nabokov's dizzying masterpiece, which is suffused with a savage humour and rich, elaborate verbal textures. Filmed by Stanley Kubrick in 1962 starring James Mason and Peter Sellers, and again in 1997 by Adrian Lyne starring Jeremy Irons and Melanie Griffith, Lolita has lost none of its power to shock and awe. 'Lolita is comedy, subversive yet divine ... You read Lolita sprawling limply in your chair, ravished, overcome, nodding scandalized assent' Martin Amis, Observer

Speak, Memory

Speak, Memory

Author: Vladimir Nabokov, Louis Begley Format: Hardback Release Date: 29/03/1999

An autobiographical volume which recounts the story of Nabokov's first forty years up to his departure from Europe for America at the outset of World War Two. It tells of his emergence as a writer, his early loves and his marriage, and his passions for butterflies and his lost homeland. Written in this writer's characteristically brilliant, mordant style, this book is also a tender record of lost childhood and youth in pre-Revolutionary Russia.

Lolita

Lolita

Author: Vladimir Nabokov Format: Hardback Release Date: 17/12/1992

Poet and pervert, Humbert Humbert becomes obsessed by twelve-year-old Lolita and seeks to possess her, first carnally and then artistically, out of love, 'to fix once for all the perilous magic of nymphets'. Is he in love or insane? A silver-tongued poet or a pervert? A tortured soul or a monster? Or is he all of these? Humbert Humbert's seduction is one of many dimensions in Nabokov's dizzying masterpiece, which is suffused with a savage humour and rich, elaborate verbal textures.

Pale Fire

Pale Fire

Author: Vladimir Nabokov Format: Hardback Release Date: 19/03/1992

A novel constructed around the last great poem of a fictional American poet, John Shade, and an account of his death. The poem appears in full and the narrative develops through the lengthy, and increasingly eccentric, notes by his posthumous editor.

The Eye

The Eye

Author: Vladimir Nabokov Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/01/1992

Smurov, a fussily self-conscious Russian tutor, shoots himself after a humiliating beating by his mistress' husband. Unsure whether his suicide has been successful or not, Smurov drifts around Berlin, observing his acquaintances, but finds he can discover very little about his own life from the opinions of his distracted, confused fellow-emigres. Nabokov's shortest novel, The Eye is both a satirical detective story and a wonderfully layered exploration of identity, appearance and the loss of self in a world of word-play and confusion.

Look at the Harlequins!

Look at the Harlequins!

Author: Vladimir Nabokov Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/06/1991

'He did us all an honour by electing to use, and transform, our language' Anthony Burgess 'Look at the harlequins ... Play! Invent the world! Invent reality'. This is the childhood advice given by an aunt to Russian born writer Vadim Vadimovich, who emigrates to England, then Paris, then Germany and then the US, and, now dying, reconstructs his past. He remembers Iris his first wife, Annette his long-necked typist and Bel his daughter, as well as his own bizarre 'numerical nimbus syndrome'.

Transparent Things

Transparent Things

Author: Vladimir Nabokov Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/07/1990

The darkly comic Transparent Things, one of Nabokov's final books, traces the bleak life of Hugh Person through murder, madness, prison and trips to Switzerland. One of these was the last journey his father ever took; on another, having been sent to ingratiate himself with a distinguished novelist, he met his future wife. Nabokov's brilliant short novel sinks into the transparent things of the world that surround this one Person, to the silent histories they carry. Remarkable even in Nabokov's work for its depth and lyricism, Transparent Things is a small, experimental marvel of memories and dreams, both sentimental and malign.

Nikolai Gogol

Nikolai Gogol

Author: Vladimir Nabokov Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/01/1961

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