Vladimir Nabokov by Brian Boyd
The Russian Years

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"This is the first comprehensive account of Nabokov's life and oeuvre. The book's wide-ranging research and deep affinity for Nabokov's writings should establish it as the single indispensable source on its subject for many decades to come."—Simon Karlinsky, University of California, Berkeley

 

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Published January 1, 1990 by London; Chatto & Windus 1990. 672 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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There is, for instance, no longer the eye-winking attribution of two lesser-known Nabokov novels to "Sirin," an emigre figure who is, of course, Nabokov himself, and who is still modestly dubbed the best of the young Russian "writers in exile."

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Magnificent last volume of Boyd's critical biography of Vladimir Nabokov (Vladimir Nabokov: The Russian Years, 1990).

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As his biographer Brian Boyd explains, Nabokov would customarily “envisage a novel in his mind complete from start to finish before writing it down” — on 3-by-5 cards, which allowed him to work on any section he wanted to, then place it “in the sequence he had foreseen, among the stack already wr...

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Publishers Weekly

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Boyd, senior lecturer at the University of Auckland, offers fresh readings of Pale Fire , Speak Memory , Pnin , Ada , Lolita and the rest of Nabokov's oeuvre.

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The Globe and Mail

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In my role as Vladimir Nabokov's biographer, I was the first person other than Nabokov, his widow and his son to read The Original of Laura.

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London Review of Books

Several hundred pages of this Life consist of such summaries – as sprightly and cogent as such exercises can be – but like all plot summaries, they leave one somehow unwilling to return to the originals.

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London Review of Books

As a writer, Nabokov is a fanatic for detail, his mimesis rivalling that of nature itself: ‘when a butterfly had to look like a leaf, not only were all the details of the leaf beautifully rendered but markings mimicking grub-holes were generously thrown in.’ Nabokov consciously competes with this...

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Project MUSE

If he lacked witnesses, comparatively speaking, Boyd more than makes up for their missing voices by his untiring efforts in the Nabokov archives in Montreux, which required his ingratiating himself with Véra and Dmitri Nabokov, the great man's widow and son.

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