Citation: Collins, Emily. "Podvig". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 15 January 2007 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=2755, accessed 05 December 2020.]
Vladimir Nabokov: Podvig [Glory] (1697 words)
Emily Collins (University of Bristol)
Glory’s title, both in Russian [Podvig] and in English, indicates its relationship to chivalric ideals of the knightly quest. Written in Russian in 1930, while Nabokov was living in Berlin, and first published serially in 1931-32, the novel was given at least three tentative titles before Nabokov (then writing as “Sirin”) arrived at Podvig (“Deed” or “Exploit”). Two of these, Zolotoi vek (“Golden Age”) and Romanticheskii vek (“Romantic Times”) indicate the centrality of chivalric romance to the novel. But Nabokov’s first working title invokes rather the idea of completion, of triumphant …2755 Podvig 3 Historical context notes are intended to give basic and preliminary information on a topic. In some cases they will be expanded into longer entries as the Literary Encyclopedia evolves.
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