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Questions tagged [vladimir-nabokov]

For questions about the works of Vladimir Nabokov and his life as a writer.

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How does the author convey the tone of the panic that can be aroused by contemplating the “prenatal abyss”?

In the text of Vladimir Nabokov: The Beginning of Consciousness How does the author convey the tone of the panic that can be aroused by contemplating the "prenatal abyss"? The cradle rocks above ...
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History of Pale Fire's Criticism

How did Pale Fire's interpretation and analysis develop through time? Had there been continuous critical attention towards it and what did Nabokov himself say about the work? It is quite a ...
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Please explain the reference to Nabokov's 'the terrible turtles who direct learned journals'?

McWhorter, J. PhD Linguistics (Stanford). The Power of Babel (2003). p. 24 Middle.   Russian is such a case, and it creates little ripples of semantic ambiguity in translations. In his ...
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Original Translation of Camera Obscura by Vladimir Nabokoff-Sirin

Does anyone know where, if I may, get an online copy of the original translation of Vladimir Nabokov's Laughter in the Dark in English, entitled Camera Obscura, translated by Winifred Roy in 1936, ...
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Did Vladimir Nabokov know Thomas Mann's Works?

Thomas Mann (born in 1875) emigrated from Germany in 1933; in that same year, the first part of his "Joseph and His Brothers" was published in Germany. He was a well known author by then. On the ...
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Looking for a specific passage by Nabokov

I remember reading this specific (germanophobic, sorry about that) bit in one of Nabokov's works but I just can't find it now. It described several bürgers drinking beer and casually laughing at ...
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How much “self-editing” did Nabokov do when his Russian novels were translated into English?

Several of Nabokov's early, Russian-language novels were translated into English in the 1960s, either by Nabokov himself (Despair), or by translators under his guidance (including his son Dmitri). To ...
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Was Nabokov's Pale Fire intended to be read non-linearly, i.e. jumping to each line reference?

Did Vladimir Nabokov ever indicate on record whether he intended Pale Fire to be read non-linearly, i.e. jumping to each line reference? A friend and I read the book together last summer. He read the ...