Stalking Nabokov

Stalking Nabokov

Brian Boyd


At the age of twenty-one, Brian Boyd wrote a thesis on Vladimir Nabokov that the recognized writer known as "brilliant." After gaining particular entry to the writer's files, he wrote a two-part, award-winning biography, Vladimir Nabokov: The Russian Years (1990) and Vladimir Nabokov: the yank Years (1991). This assortment good points essays written by means of Boyd considering that finishing the biography, incorporating fabric he gleaned from his learn in addition to new discoveries and formulations.

Boyd confronts Nabokov's existence, profession, and legacy; his artwork, technology, and concept; his refined humor and puzzle-like storytelling; his complicated mental pictures; and his inheritance from, remodeling of, and affinities with Shakespeare, Pushkin, Tolstoy, and Machado de Assis. Boyd bargains new methods of examining Nabokov's most sensible English-language works: Lolita, Pale Fire, Ada, and the remarkable autobiography, Speak, Memory, and he discloses another way unknown information regarding the author's international. Sharing his own reflections, Boyd recounts the adventures, hardships, and revelations of learning Nabokov's biography and his strange reveals within the records, together with fabrics nonetheless waiting for e-book. the 1st to target Nabokov's metaphysics, Boyd cautions opposed to their getting used because the key to liberate the entire author's secrets and techniques, displaying in its place the numerous different rooms in Nabokov's fortress of fiction that want exploring, comparable to his humor, narrative invention, and mental perception into characters and readers alike. Appreciating Nabokov as novelist, memoirist, poet, translator, scientist, and person, Boyd is helping us comprehend greater than ever the author's multifaceted genius.

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