The Real Life of Sebastian Knight by Vladimir Nabokov

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"Nabokov writes prose the only way it should be written, that is, ecstatically." -- John Updike

The Real Life of Sebastian Knight is a perversely magical literary detective story -- subtle, intricate, leading to a tantalizing climax -- about the mysterious life of a famous writer. Many people knew things about Sebastian Knight as a distinguished novelist, but probably fewer than a dozen knew of the two love affairs that so profoundly influenced his career, the second one in such a disastrous way. After Knight's death, his half brother sets out to penetrate the enigma of his life, starting with a few scanty clues in the novelist's private papers. His search proves to be a story as intriguing as any of his subject's own novels, as baffling, and, in the end, as uniquely rewarding.

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About Vladimir Nabokov

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VLADIMIR NABOKOV studied French and Russian literature at Trinity College, Cambridge, then lived in Berlin and Paris, writing prolifically in Russian under the pseudonym Sirin. In 1940, he left France for the United States, where he wrote some of his greatest works-Bend Sinister (1947), Lolita (1955), Pnin (1957), and Pale Fire (1962)-and translated his earlier Russian novels into English. He taught at Wellesley, Harvard, and Cornell. He died in Montreux, Switzerland, in 1977. Thomas Karshan is the author of Vladimir Nabokov and the Art of Play and co- translator of Nabokov's The Tragedy of Mister Morn. Previously a research fellow at Christ Church, Oxford, and Queen Mary, University of London, he is now a lecturer in literature at the University of East Anglia. He lives in London and Norwich.
Published February 16, 2011 by Vintage. 224 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction

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Luke Daniels’s reading of Nabokov’s first novel written in English is over emotive and replete with tearful women and awkwardly pronounced French words.

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In this novel, first published in 1959, a man plumbs the life of the writer who was his half brother.

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