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The Tender Friendship and the Charm of Perfect Accord

The Tender Friendship and the Charm of Perfect Accord
Author: Gavriel Shapiro
Publisher: University of Michigan Press
ISBN: 0472119184
Pages: 306
Year: 2014-03-20
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"In The Tender Friendship and the Charm of Perfect Accord, Gavriel Shapiro contends that Vladimir Nabokov's worldview and verbal artistry cannot be fully understood without first understanding the relationship between the writer and his father, Vladimir Dmitrievich Nabokov, the distinguished jurist and prominent statesman at the turn of the 20th century, who at the same time was a great connoisseur of literature, painting, theater, and music; a passionate lepidopterist; an enthusiastic chess player; and an avid athlete. Although Nabokov experts have long noted the importance of this relationship, this is the very first book-length study on this crucial subject. In this book, Shapiro explores the unique nature of their bond, which Nabokov characterized as that of the "tender friendship" marked by the "charm of our perfect accord," particularly exceptional when compared to numerous father-and-son relationships in Russian and Western European literature of the 19th and 20th centuries"--

Narratives of Nothing in 20th-Century Literature

Narratives of Nothing in 20th-Century Literature
Author: Meghan Vicks
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
ISBN: 1501331965
Pages: 208
Year: 2017-04-20
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The concept of nothing was an enduring concern of the 20th century. As Martin Heidegger and Jean-Paul Sartre each positioned nothing as inseparable from the human condition and essential to the creation or operation of human existence, as Jacques Derrida demonstrated how all structures are built upon a nothing within the structure, and as mathematicians argued that zero ? the number that is also not a number ? allows for the creation of our modern mathematical system, Narratives of Nothing in 20th-Century Literature suggests that nothing itself enables the act of narration. Focusing on the literary works of Vladimir Nabokov, Samuel Beckett, and Victor Pelevin, Meghan Vicks traces how and why these writers give narrative form to nothing, demonstrating that nothing is essential to the creation of narrative ? that is, how our perceptions are conditioned, how we make meaning (or madness) out of the stuff of our existence, how we craft our knowable selves, and how we exist in language.

The Nabokovian

The Nabokovian
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Year: 2006
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The Real Life of Sebastian Knight

The Real Life of Sebastian Knight
Author: Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov
Publisher: New Directions Publishing
ISBN: 0811217507
Pages: 205
Year: 2008
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The Real Life of Sebastian Knight, Nabokov's first novel in English, was completed in Paris in 1938, first published by New Directions in 1941, reissued in 1959 to wide critical acclaim and now relaunched again, with an appreciative introduction by Pulitzer-Prize winning critic Michael Dirda. This, the narrator tells us, is the real life of famous author Sebastian Knight, the inside story. After Knight's death, his half-brother sets out to penetrate the mystery of the famous English novelist's life, but he is impeded by the false, the distorted, the irrelevant. Yet the search proves to be a story quite as intriguing as any of Sebastian Knight's own books, as baffling, and, in the end, as uniquely rewarding. On one level, this literary detective story has pungent points to make about the role of the artist in a society basically hostile to the creative spirit. On another, The Real Life of Sebastian Knight probes the essential problem of the ambiguity of human identity: Just who was Sebastian Knight?

The Annotated Lolita

The Annotated Lolita
Author: Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 0679727299
Pages: 457
Year: 1991
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The textural discussion accompanying this novel examines the thematic and technical elements which make it a literary classic

The Goalkeeper

The Goalkeeper
Author: I︠U︡riĭ Leving, Yuri Leving
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ISBN: 1936235196
Pages: 323
Year: 2010
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Leving offers a new scholarly almanac devoted to the art of Vladimir Nabokov. The inaugural collection features contributions from two dozen leading Nabokov scholars worldwide, including academic articles, roundtable discussions, interviews, and book reviews.

The Defense

The Defense
Author: Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov, Michael Scammell
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 0679727221
Pages: 256
Year: 1990
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Luzhin's prodigious talent at chess earns him the title of grandmaster, but his passion soon leads to obsession, and his world falls apart during a championship match when his defense fades under his opponent's surprising strategy.

The Enchanter

The Enchanter
Author: Vladimir V. Nabokov
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 0679728864
Pages: 109
Year: 1991
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Paints a portrait of a seemingly respectable man whose desire for a twelve-year-old girl becomes an obsession that can only end in the splintering of his life.

The Cheese Monkeys

The Cheese Monkeys
Author: Chip Kidd
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1847396879
Pages: 320
Year: 2008-12-26
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'Show me something I've never seen before and will never be able to forget - if you can do that, you can do anything.' It's 1957, long before computers have replaced the trained eye and skilful hand. Our narrator at State University is determined to major in Art, and after several risible false starts, he accidentally ends up in a new class: 'Introduction to Graphic Design'. His teacher is the enigmatic Winter Sorbeck, equal parts genius, seducer and sadist. Sorbeck is a bitter yet fascinating man whose assignments hurl his charges through a gauntlet of humiliation and heartache, shame and triumph, ego-bashing and enlightenment. Along the way, friendships are made and undone, jealousies simmer, and the sexual tango weaves and dips. By the end of their 'Introduction to Graphic Design', Sorbeck's students will never see the world in the same way again. And, with Chip Kidd's insights into the secrets of graphic design, neither will you.

Nikolai Gogol

Nikolai Gogol
Author: Vladimir Nabokov
Publisher: New Directions Publishing
ISBN: 0811227243
Pages: 172
Year: 2017-04-28
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Nikolai Gogol was the most idiosyncratic of the great Russian novelists of the 19th century and lived a tragically short life which was as chaotic as the lives of the characters he created. This biography begins with Gogol's death and ends with his birth, an inverted structure typical of both Gogol and Nabokov. The biographer proceeds to establish the relationship between Gogol and his novels, especially with regard to "nose-consciousness", a peculiar feature of Russian life and letters, which finds its apotheosis in Gogol's own life and prose. There are more expressions and proverbs concerning the nose in Russian than in any other language in the world. Nabokov's style in this biography is comic, but as always leads to serious issues—in this case, an appreciation of the distinctive "sense of the physical" inherent in Gogol's work. Nabokov describes how Gogol's life and literature mingled, and explains the structure and style of Gogol's prose in terms of the novelist's life.

The Sandcastle

The Sandcastle
Author: Iris Murdoch
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1101495812
Pages: 320
Year: 1978-03-30
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A sparklingly profound novel about the conflict between love and loyalty The quiet life of schoolmaster Bill Mor and his wife Nan is disturbed when a young woman, Rain Carter, arrives at the school to paint the portrait of the headmaster. Mor, hoping to enter politics, becomes aware of new desires. A complex battle develops, involving love, guilt, magic, art, and political ambition. Mor’s teenage children and their mother fight discreetly and ruthlessly against the invader. The Head, himself disenchanted, advises Mor to seize the girl and run. The final decision rests with Rain. Can a “great love” be purchased at too high a price?

Re-Covered Rose

Re-Covered Rose
Author: Marco Sonzogni
Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing
ISBN: 9027211906
Pages: 181
Year: 2011
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When a reader picks up a book, the essence of the text has been translated into the visual space of the cover. Using Umberto Eco's bestseller The Name of the Rose as a case study, this is the first study of book cover design as a form of intersemiotic translation based on the purposeful selection of visual signs to represent verbal signs. As an act of translation, the cover of a book ought to be an 'equivalent representation' of the text. But in the absence of any established interpretive criteria, how can equivalence between the visual and the verbal be determined and interpreted? Re-Covered Rose tackles this question in an original and creative way, laying the foundation for a new research trend in Translation Studies. Marco Sonzogni is Senior Lecturer in Italian, School of Languages and Cultures, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. A widely published academic and an award-winning editor, poet and literary translator, he is the Director of the New Zealand Centre for Literary Translation/Te Tumu Whakawhiti Tuhinga.

Insomniac Dreams

Insomniac Dreams
Author: Vladimir Nabokov
Publisher: Princeton University Press
ISBN: 1400888964
Pages: 224
Year: 2017-11-21
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Nabokov's dream diary, published for the first time—and placed in biographical and literary context 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 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.

Kaleidoscopic Nabokov

Kaleidoscopic Nabokov
Author: Lara Delage-Toriel, Monica Manolescu
Publisher: Michel Houdiard Editeur
ISBN:
Pages: 225
Year: 2009
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Le présent ouvrage est le fruit d'un colloque qui s'est tenu en octobre 2008 à l'Université de Strasbourg et qui était consacré à l'oeuvre de l'écrivain russo-américain Vladimir Nabokov, considérée sous le signe du kaléidoscope. Cet instrument d'optique, objet ludique et ingénieux de surcroît, représente bien l'oeuvre de l'éminent écrivain, dont la beauté bigarrée ne cesse de faire miroiter le sens par le truchement vertigineux, virtuose et inventif de ses combinaisons formelles. L'image du kaléidoscope est également emblématique de la critique qu'il suscite, et les spécialistes français dont les perspectives sont réunies ici témoignent du foisonnement de pensées que cette oeuvre amène à projeter sur elle, tant chez les comparatistes que chez les anglicistes ou les slavisants. L'oeuvre qui continue de mobiliser le plus de réflexions est bien sûr Lolita, qui, à l'image de la place qu'elle occupe dans l'oeuvre et la vie de Nabokov, constitue le motif central de ce kaléidoscope. Pour autant, cette pièce maîtresse n'éclipse pas les autres textes de l'auteur, dont La Méprise, Ada, Pnin ou Speak, Memory, qui font également l'objet d'études détaillées dans ce recueil. Les essais réunis ici sont le témoignage d'une recherche dynamique et exigeante qui profitera tout particulièrement aux étudiants et aux chercheurs, mais aussi a toute personne souhaitant mieux connaître un auteur majeur du XXe siècle dont l'oeuvre novatrice et le singulier destin se situent à la croisée des cultures russe, européenne et américaine.

Lolita - The Story of a Cover Girl

Lolita - The Story of a Cover Girl
Author: John Bertram, Yuri Leving
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1440329885
Pages: 256
Year: 2013-07-19
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What should Lolita look like? The question has dogged book-cover designers since 1955, when Lolita was first published in a plain green wrapper. The heroine of Vladimir Nabokov's classic novel has often been shown as a teenage seductress in heart-shaped glasses--a deceptive image that misreads the book but has seeped deep into our cultural life, from fashion to film. Lolita - The Story of a Cover Girl: Vladimir Nabokov's Novel in Art and Design reconsiders the cover of Lolita. Eighty renowned graphic designers and illustrators (including Paula Scher, Jessica Hische, Jessica Helfand, and Peter Mendelsund) offer their own takes on the book's jacket, while graphic-design critics and Nabokov scholars survey more than half a century of Lolita covers. You'll also find thoughtful essays from such design luminaries as Mary Gaitskill, Debbie Millman, Michael Bierut, Peter Mendelsund, Jessica Helfand, Alice Twemlow, Johanna Drucker, Leland de la Durantaye, Ellen Pifer, and Stephen Blackwell. Through the lenses of design and literature, Lolita - The Story of a Cover Girl tells the strange design history of one of the most important novels of the 20th century--and offers a new way for thinking visually about difficult books. You'll never look at Lolita the same way again.

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