Neil Cornwell's study examines five of Nabokov's major novels, plus his short stories and critical writings. As well as providing critical assessment of key works, the book also examines Nabokov's cultural debt to Russia, Europe, America and the British Isles and, in addition, includes an extensive biography.
Description: Vladimir Nabokov's extraordinary literary career, as a master of Russian and English prose, is unique. Acclaimed in the limited Russian émigré world, under the name of Sirin, Nabokov switched to writing in English and settled in America, a refugee from Hitler's Europe. Exile, memory, lost love and the magic of childhood are among his themes; stylistic and structural dexterity are his hallmarks; Lolita (ranked number 4 in the 1998 New York Modern Library list of 100 best novels of the century published in English) enabled him to retire to a final and productive period of European residence. Film versions of his most controversial novel keep Nabokov's name before the public, while almost his entire oeuvre remains currently available in paperback.
... an authorative and engaging study ...balanced by textual commentary which is concise and exacting
...ideal for newcomers as well as the more 'advanced' reader. Blessedly free of critical jargon and obfuscting theory.
Doanld B. Johnson, Uni
...a gem of concise commentary
Author: Cornwell, Neil