Vladimir Nabokov

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The reputation of Vladimir Nabokov, in terms of his achievement in establishing himself as a major writer in two literatures, is an extremely rare one in western culture. Joseph Conrad, who may spring to mind as a comparable figure, wrote only in an English which was, in effect, his third language. A closer analogue, in English and French, would be the bilingual Samuel Beckett.

Nabokov is the author of seventeen novels and some sixty-five stories, many of which exist in double versions – Russian-English, or English-Russian: if not originally authored in both languages, then authorised (and definitively polished) by him through collaborative translation (mostly with his son Dmitri). He began writing as a poet in Tsarist …

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Cornwell, Neil. "Vladimir Nabokov". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 21 March 2002
[http://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=3282, accessed 31 January 2015.]

Articles on Nabokov's works

  1. Ada or Ardor: A Family Chronicle
  2. Bend Sinister
  3. Dar [The Gift]
  4. Despair
  5. Glory
  6. Invitation to a Beheading
  7. Izobretenie Val'sa [The Waltz Invention]
  8. King, Queen, Knave
  9. Korol', dama, valet [King, Queen, Knave]
  10. Lectures on Literature
  11. Lolita
  12. Look at the Harlequins!
  13. Luzhin's Defense / The Defense
  14. Mary
  15. Mashen'ka [Mary]
  16. Otchaianie [Despair]
  17. Pale Fire
  18. Pnin
  19. Podvig [Glory]
  20. Poseshchenie muzeia [The Visit to the Museum]
  21. Priglashenie na kazn' [Invitation to a Beheading]
  22. Sogliadatai [The Eye]
  23. Speak, Memory: An Autobiography Revisited
  24. Strong Opinions
  25. The Gift
  26. The Man from the USSR and Other Plays
  27. The Original of Laura (Dying Is Fun)
  28. The Real Life of Sebastian Knight
  29. The Vane Sisters
  30. The Waltz Invention
  31. Transparent Things
  32. Tyrants Destroyed
  33. Venetsianka [La Veneziana]
  34. Volshebnik [The Enchanter]
  35. Vozvrashchenie Chorba [The Return of Chorb]
  36. Zashchita Luzhina [Luzhin's Defense / The Defense]

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