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Vladimir Nabokov - Author

About the Author

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

Featured books by Vladimir Nabokov

Lolita

Lolita

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

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

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Think, Write, Speak Uncollected Essays, Reviews, Interviews and Letters to the Editor

Think, Write, Speak Uncollected Essays, Reviews, Interviews and Letters to the Editor

Author: Vladimir Nabokov Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/11/2019

The last major collection of Nabokov's published material, Think, Write, Speak brings together a treasure trove of previously uncollected texts from across the author's extraordinary career. Each phase of his wandering life is included, from a precocious essay written while still at Cambridge in 1921, through his fame in the aftermath of the publication of Lolita to the final, fascinating interviews given shortly before his death in 1977. Introduced and edited by his biographer Brian Boyd, this is an essential work for anyone who has been drawn into Nabokov's literary orbit. Here he is at his most inspirational, curious, misleading and caustic. The seriousness of his aesthetic credo, his passion for great writing and his mix of delight and dismay at his own, sudden global fame in the 1950s are all brilliantly delineated here.

Insomniac Dreams Experiments with Time by Vladimir Nabokov

Insomniac Dreams Experiments with Time by Vladimir Nabokov

Author: Vladimir Nabokov, Gennady Barabtarlo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2019

Nabokov's dream diary-published for the first time On October 14, 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 in An Experiment with Time by British philosopher John Dunne. The purpose was to test the theory that time may go in reverse, so that 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, providing a rare glimpse of the artist at his most private. Insomniac Dreams 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.

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;.

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