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"The writer of the immortal Lolita and light fireplace, born to an eminent Russian kin, conjures the apotheosis of the excessive modernist artist: cultured, refined-as eu as they arrive. yet Vladimir Nabokov, who got here to the United States fleeing the Nazis, got here to consider his time the following because the richest of his lifestyles. certainly, Nabokov used to be not just happiest the following, yet his most sensible paintings flowed from his reaction to this unique land. Robert Read more...

summary: "The writer of the immortal Lolita and light fireplace, born to an eminent Russian kin, conjures the apotheosis of the excessive modernist artist: cultured, refined-as eu as they arrive. yet Vladimir Nabokov, who got here to the USA fleeing the Nazis, got here to consider his time right here because the richest of his lifestyles. certainly, Nabokov was once not just happiest right here, yet his most sensible paintings flowed from his reaction to this unique land. Robert Roper fills out this era within the writer's existence with appeal and perception- protecting Nabokov's serious friendship with Edmund Wilson, his time at Cornell, his position at Harvard's Museum of Comparative Zoology. yet Nabokov in the United States unearths its narrative middle in his serial sojourns into the wilds of the West, undertaken together with his spouse, Vera, and their son over greater than a decade. Nabokov lined greater than 200,000 miles as he indulged his different ardour: butterfly gathering. Roper has mined clean assets to deliver element to those trips, and strains their major impact in Nabokov's paintings: on two-lane highways and in late-'40s hotels and cafes, we think Lolita draw close to, and comprehend Nabokov's seductive familiarity with the yankee mundane. Nabokov in the United States is usually a love letter to U.S. literature, in Nabokov's huge include of it from Melville to the Beats. examining Roper, we suppose anew the mountain breezes and the miles logged, the wealthy studying and the Romantic brain in the back of a few of Nabokov's such a lot cherished books"

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