Vladimir Nabokov
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Vladimir Nabokov

Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov was born on April 23, 1899, in St. Petersburg, Russia. The Nabokov household was trilingual, and as a young man, he studied Slavic and romance languages at Trinity College, Cambridge, taking his honors degree in 1922. For the next eighteen years he lived in Berlin and Paris, writing prolifically in Russian under the pseudonym Sirin and supporting himself through translations, lessons in English and tennis, and by composing the first crossword puzzles in Russian. In 1925 he married Vera Slonim, with whom he had one child, a son, Dmitri. Having already fled Russia and Germany, Nabokov became a refugee once more in 1940, when he was forced to leave France for the United States. There he taught at Wellesley, Harvard, and Cornell. He also gave up writing in Russian and began composing ficticvbn ral books of criticism. Vladimir Nabokov died in Montreux, Switzerland, in 1977.

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    • Lolita

    • By: Vladimir Nabokov
    • Narrated by: Jeremy Irons
    • Length: 11 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6,938
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5,721
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5,687

    When it was published in 1955, Lolita immediately became a cause celebre because of the freedom and sophistication with which it handled the unusual erotic predilections of its protagonist....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A masterpiece

    • By Erez on 05-29-08

    Regular price: $22.60

    • Pale Fire

    • By: Vladimir Nabokov
    • Narrated by: Marc Vietor, Robert Blumenfeld
    • Length: 9 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 322
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 271
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 272

    A 999 line poem in heroic couplets, divided into 4 cantos, was composed - according to Nabokov's fiction - by John Francis Shade, an obsessively methodical man, during the last 20 days of his life....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • An amazing feat for such a unique novel

    • By AmazonCustomer on 03-27-12

    Regular price: $17.95

    • Speak Memory

    • An Autobiography Revisited
    • By: Vladimir Nabokov
    • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
    • Length: 9 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 320
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 275
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 277

    From one of the 20th century's great writers comes one of the finest autobiographies of our time....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Fabulous lines!

    • By Chrissie on 08-14-13

    Regular price: $26.60

    • Ada, or Ardor

    • A Family Chronicle
    • By: Vladimir Nabokov
    • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
    • Length: 20 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 91
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 84
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 84

    Ada, or Ardor tells a love story troubled by incest, but it is also at once a fairy tale, epic, philosophical treatise on the nature of time, parody of the history of the novel, and erotic catalogue....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Worst reading performance of all time.

    • By Brian on 11-25-14

    Regular price: $29.99

    • Invitation to a Beheading

    • By: Vladimir Nabokov
    • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
    • Length: 6 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 111
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 95
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 93

    In an unnamed dream country, the young man Cincinnatus C. is condemned to death by beheading for "gnostical turpitude." an imaginary crime that defies definition....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Nabokov's Strange Violin Playing in the Void

    • By Darwin8u on 10-28-12

    Regular price: $17.95

    • The Stories of Vladimir Nabokov

    • By: Vladimir Nabokov
    • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
    • Length: 31 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 78
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 55
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 55

    From Vladimir Nabokov, the writer who shocked and delighted the world with his novels Lolita, Pale Fire, and Ada, or Ardor, comes a magnificent collection of stories....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • No discernable beginning or end to the stories.

    • By Madelaine on 01-22-12

    Regular price: $29.99

    • The Gift

    • By: Vladimir Nabokov
    • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
    • Length: 15 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 36
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 29
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 31

    The Gift is the last of the novels Nabokov wrote in his native language and the crowning achievement of that period in his literary career....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A complex and rich Künstlerroman

    • By Darwin8u on 11-30-13

    Regular price: $29.99

    • Despair

    • By: Vladimir Nabokov
    • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
    • Length: 7 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 59
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 53
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 52

    Despair is the wickedly inventive and richly derisive story of Hermann, a man who undertakes the perfect crime: his own murder....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Russian emigre candy dandy murderers R my weakness

    • By Darwin8u on 10-02-12

    Regular price: $19.99

    • Laughter in the Dark

    • By: Vladimir Nabokov
    • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
    • Length: 5 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 61
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 55
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 53

    Albinus, a respectable, middle-aged man and aspiring filmmaker, abandons his wife for a lover half his age: Margot, who wants to become a movie star....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Death is often the point of life's joke

    • By Darwin8u on 05-19-13

    Regular price: $18.19

    • Bend Sinister

    • By: Vladimir Nabokov
    • Narrated by: Robert Blumenfeld
    • Length: 7 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 72
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 57
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 58

    The first novel Nabokov wrote while living in America, and the most overtly political novel he ever wrote, Bend Sinister is a modern classic....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A fantastic fairytale of fascism

    • By Darwin8u on 12-12-13

    Regular price: $17.95

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