The Enchanter by Lila Azam Zanganeh
Nabokov and Happiness

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Discovering happiness in reading the work of an extraordinary writer.

The protagonist of Vladimir Nabokov's The Gift playfully dreamed of writing "A Practical Handbook: How to Be Happy." Now, Nabokov's own creative reader Lila Azam Zanganeh lends life to this vision with sly sophistication and ebullient charm, as she shares the delirious joy to be found in reading the masterpieces of "the great writer of happiness."



Plunging into the enchanted and luminous worlds of Speak, Memory; Ada, or Ardor; and the infamous Lolita, Azam Zanganeh seeks out the Nabokovian experience of time, memory, sexual passion, nature, loss, love in all its forms, and language in all its allusions. She explores Nabokov's geography-from his Russian childhood to the landscapes of "his" America-suffers encounters with his beloved "nature," hallucinates an interview with the master, and seeks the "crunch of happiness" in his singular vocabulary. This beautifully illuminated book will both reignite the passion of experienced Nabokovians and lure the innocent reader to a well of delights as yet unseen.
 

About Lila Azam Zanganeh

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Lila Azam Zanganeh was born in Paris. She has taught literature, cinema, and Romance languages at Harvard University. She now writes and lives mainly in New York City.
 
Published May 2, 2011 by W. W. Norton & Company. 256 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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An odd, genre-bending tribute to Vladimir Nabokov.

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Her parents are Iranian exiles – the family fled to Paris following the revolution of 1979, when Zanganeh was two – and for her mother, reading Nabokov's account of his far-off Russian boyhood was a way of reconnecting with her own childhood in "another world".

May 26 2011 | Read Full Review of The Enchanter: Nabokov and Ha...

The Guardian

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In The Enchanter, Lila Azam Zanganeh attempts to create a new genre: the Bildungs-romance.

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Contemplating Nabokov, visiting his grave, imitating his style. This is a true devotional.

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The Telegraph

She writes: “Even in darkness, Nabokov tells us, things .

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The New Yorker

Online version of the weekly magazine, with current articles, cartoons, blogs, audio, video, slide shows, an archive of articles and abstracts back to 1925

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