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Russian-American novelist, entomologist, and admired chess player, Vladimir Nabokov - , best known for Lolita, wrote his first nine novels in Russian.

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This novel, written in English, was published just after his 70th birthday. A love story innocently tainted by incest but nevertheless a masterpiece of a fairy tale and philosophical treatise of time Set in the 19th century, memoir in form, it is the life story of a man named Van Veen, and his lifelong love affair with Ada.


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They meet when she is 11 soon to be twelve and he is 14, believing they are cousins more precisely: that their fathers are cousins and that their mothers are sisters , and begin a sexual affair. Writers such as Martin Amis and Brian Boyd have positioned Nabokov as one of the greatest writers of the century. Amis has commented that 'to read him in full flight is to experience stimulation that is at once intellectual, imaginative and aesthetic, the nearest thing to pure sensual pleasure that prose can offer.

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Industry Reviews This begins as a parody of the Russian novel and ends as a review of itself. About the Author Born in St. Lolita : Popular Penguins Popular Penguins.

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Lolita Penguin Essentials. Pnin Penguin Modern Classics. Pale Fire A Novel. Lolita Penguin Modern Classics. Four years later he was shot and killed at a political rally in Berlin while trying to shield the speaker from right-wing assassins. As a young man, he studied Slavic and romance languages at Trinity College, Cambridge, taking his honors degree in For the next eighteen years he lived in Berlin and Paris, writing prolifically in Russian under the pseudonym Sirin and supporting himself through translations, lessons in English and tennis, and by composing the first crossword puzzles in Russian.

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In he married Vera Slonim, with whom he had one child, a son, Dmitri. Having already fled Russia and Germany, Nabokov became a refugee once more in , when he was forced to leave France for the United States.


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There he taught at Wellesley, Harvard, and Cornell. He also gave up writing in Russian and began composing fiction in English.

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He also undertook English translations of works by Lermontov and Pushkin and wrote several books of criticism. Vladimir Nabokov died in Montreux, Switzerland, in Date of Birth:.

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