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Vladimir Nabokov

Biography

Russian-born author whose well-known functions, Lolita (1955) and Pale Fire (1962), exemplify his skill in wordplay and literary detail. He was a seven-time finalist for the Country wide Book Prize for Fiction. He was created in St. Petersburg, Russia and was raised speaking French and British, aswell as Russian. He afterwards examined zoology, Slavic dialects, and Romance dialects at Trinity University, Cambridge. He composed an acclaimed memoir entitled Speak, Storage. He wedded Vera Slonim in 1925. The couple’s kid, Dmitri, was created in 1934. Like Boris Pasternak, Nabokov was a well-known Russian novelist.

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Full Name Vladimir Nabokov
Date Of Birth April 23, 1899
Died July 2, 1977, Montreux, Switzerland
Place Of Birth Saint Petersburg, Russia
Profession Novelist
Education Trinity College, Cambridge, University of Cambridge
Nationality Russian, American
Spouse Véra Nabokov
Children Dmitri Nabokov
Parents Vladimir Dmitrievich Nabokov, Elena Ivanovna Nabokova
Siblings Sergey Nabokov, Kirill Nabokov, Elena Nabokov, Olga Nabokov
Awards Guggenheim Fellowship for Creative Arts, US & Canada
Nominations Academy Award for Best Writing Adapted Screenplay, National Book Award for Fiction
Movies The Luzhin Defence, Despair, King, Queen, Knave, Laughter in the Dark, Lolita, Razor, Der Schmetterlingsjäger - 37 Karteikarten Zu Nabokov, Maschenka
Star Sign Taurus

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#Fact
1Mentioned in the song 'Don't Stand So Close To Me' by 'The Police'.
2Taught at Harvard University during the 1940s.
3Donated his massive collections of rare butterflies to Harvard University and to Zoology Museum in Lausanne, Switzerland.
4His father, a Russian diplomat who participated in the 1917 revolution but was not a Communist, was assassinated in Berlin in 1922 by a Russian fascist.
5Father of Dimitri Nabokov. Cousin to Nicolas Nabokov.
6He was born under the Julian calendar on April 10, 1899. At the time this would have been April 22 by the Gregorian calendar, and this is often quoted as his birthday. But Russia remained on the Julian calendar until 1918, by which time the Gregorian date equivalent to April 10 had shifted to April 23 -- the date that Nabokov actually celebrated. Nabokov was pleased that this change allowed him to share a birthday with William Shakespeare.


Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Despair2014Short novel
Symbols and Signs2013Short
Sobytie2009novel
Nabokov, Mashenka2001TV Movie novel Mary - uncredited
The Luzhin Defence2000novel "Zashchita Luzhina"
A Nursery Tale1999Short story
Lurjus1999short story "Podlets"
Lolita1997novel "Lolita"
Mademoiselle O1994TV Movie short story
Mashenka1991TV Movie novel
Maschenka1987novel "Mashen'ka"
Laughter in the Dark1986novel
Despair1978novel "Otchayaniye"
Einladung zur Enthauptung1973TV Movie novel "Priglasheniye na kazn'"
King, Queen, Knave1972novel "Korol', dama, valet"
Das Bastardzeichen1970TV Movie novel
Laughter in the Dark1969novel
Lolita1962novel "Lolita" / screenplay

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Shakhmatnaya goryachka1925ShortCameo (uncredited)

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Lolita1997writer: "My Carmen"

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Jesse Stone: Death in Paradise2006TV Movie excerpt from "Pale Fire" by arrangement with the estate

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Key to Annabel Lee2011Short special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Apostrophes1975TV SeriesHimself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Omnibus1971TV Series documentaryHimself

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1963OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another MediumLolita (1962)


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#Quote
1For me a work of fiction exists only insofar as it affords me what I shall bluntly call aesthetic bliss, that is a sense of being somehow, somewhere connected with other states of being where art - curiosity, tenderness, kindness, ecstasy - is the norm. There are not many such books. All the rest are topical trash or what some might call the Literature of Ideas, which very often is topical trash.
2[about criticism of his novel "Lolita"] What bothered me most was the belief that "Lolita" was a criticism of America. I think that's ridiculous. I don't see how anybody could find that in "Lolita". I don't like people who see the book as an erotic phenomenon, either. Even more, I suppose, I don't like people who haven't read "Lolita" and think it is obscene.
3[about the US] It is my country. The intellectual life suits me better there than in any other country in the world. I have more friends there, more kindred souls than anywhere.
4I have never been interested in what is called the literature of social comment (in journalistic and commercial parlance: "great books"). I am not "sincere", I am not "provocative", I am not "satirical" . . . the future of mankind, and so on, leave me completely indifferent.
5Life is a great surprise. I do not see why death should not be an even greater one.
6The verbal poetic texture of [William Shakespeare] is the greatest the world has known, and is immensely superior to the structure of his plays as plays. With Shakespeare it is the metaphor that is the thing, not the play.
7Every dimension presupposes a medium within which it can act, and if, in the spiral unwinding of things, space warps into something akin to time, and time, in its turn, warps into something akin to thought, then surely another dimension follows - a special Space maybe, not the old one, we trust, unless spirals become vicious circles again.
8Many accepted authors simply do not exist for me. Bertolt Brecht, William Faulkner, Albert Camus, many others, mean absolutely nothing to me. I must fight a suspicion of conspiracy against my brain when I blandly see accepted as 'great literature' by critics and fellow authors Lady Chatterley's copulations or the pretentious nonsense of Mr. Ezra Pound, that total fake.
9[in "Speak Memory", his autobiography] But in England, at least in the England of my youth, the national dread of showing off and a too grim preoccupation with solid teamwork were not conducive to the development of the goalkeeper's art.


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