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    Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov

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Strong Opinions. Vladimir Nabokov (Penguin Modern Classics)

by: Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov

Nabokov begins his Strong Opinions ‘I think like a genius, I write like a distinguished author, and I speak like a child.’ In the interviews collected here – covering everything from his own burgeoning literary celebrity to Kubrick’s Lolita to lepidoptery – he is never casual or off-guard. Instead he insisted on receiving questions in advance and always carefully composed his responses. Keen to dismiss those who fail to understand his work and happy to butcher those sacred cows of the literary canon he dislikes, Nabokov is much too entertaining to be infuriating, and these interviews, letters and articles are as engaging, challenging and caustic as anything he ever wrote.

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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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Nabokov begins his Strong Opinions ‘I think like a genius, I write like a distinguished author, and I speak like a child.’ In the interviews collected here – covering everything from his own burgeoning literary celebrity to Kubrick’s Lolita to lepidoptery – he is never casual or off-guard. Instead he insisted on receiving questions in advance and always carefully composed his responses. Keen to dismiss those who fail to understand his work and happy to butcher those sacred cows of the literary canon he dislikes, Nabokov is much too entertaining to be infuriating, and these interviews, letters and articles are as engaging, challenging and caustic as anything he ever wrote.

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ISBN: 9780141191171
Publisher: Penguin Books
Publish Date: February 1, 2011
Page Count: 304 pages

“Strong Opinions. Vladimir Nabokov (Penguin Modern Classics)”

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