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Vladimir Nabokov's Biography

Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov (Russian: Влади́мир Влади́мирович Набо́ков, pronounced [vlɐˈdʲimʲɪr nɐˈbokəf] ( listen); 22 April [O.S. 10 April] 1899c – 2 July 1977) was a multilingual Russian novelist, poet and short story writer. Nabokov's first nine novels were in Russian. He then rose to international prominence as a writer of English prose. He also made serious contributions as a lepidopterist and chess composer.

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  • Robert Macfarlane on The Old Ways Guardian book club

      News Source: The Guardian | 14 hours ago
    Murdo Macleod for the Guardian "All I know is that at the very early stage of a book's development", wrote Vladimir Nabokov, "I get this urge to gather bits of straw and fluff, and eat pebbles." Like Nabokov, I'm a pebble-eater and a straw-gatherer:
  • Doctoring Zhivago

      News Source: Wichita Eagle | 27 days ago
    The CIA, and the Battle Over a Forbidden Book by Peter Finn and Petra Couvee (Pantheon, 352 pages, $26.95) The book came in on two rolls of microfilm an unusual way to submit a literary manuscript. Then again, the recipient was not your ordinary
  • How the CIA secretly published Dr Zhivago

      News Source: BBC | 1 month ago
    The novel was handed to Soviet visitors, of which there were several thousand, by Russian emigres in a curtained-off part of the Vatican's pavilion at the Brussels fair. "Soon the book's blue linen covers were found littering the fairgrounds. Some

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