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Vladimir Nabokov (1899 - 1977)

Lifespan: 1899 - 1977

Related: 1900s literature - American literature - experimental literature

Titles: Lolita (1955)


Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov () Pronounced: vlah-DEE-meer nah-BAWK-awf (April 10 O.S. [April 22/23 N.S.], 1899 - July 2, 1977), was a Russian author, lepidopterist and chess problemist. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vladimir_Nabokov

Despair (1934) - Nabokov

Despair (1934) - Nabokov
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Despair was written by Vladimir Nabokov and originally published in Russia as a serial in Sovremennye Zapiski during 1934. It was then published as Otchayanie in 1936 and later translated to English by the author in 1937.

In 1978 it was adapted into a movie, which premiered at The Cannes Film Festival on May 19, directed by the German director Rainer Werner Fassbinder. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Despair_(novel) [Sept 2006]

Numerous critics have noted that Despair is the first major work by Nabokov in which the author resorts to intertextual strategies and stratagems--to literary parody, disguised polemic, cunning play with several superimposed subtexts, and so on. "Behind Despair stands a nexus of allusions so dense, so rich, that progressing through their labyrinth would require another Holmes," wrote William C. Carroll in a pioneering article that tracks some very important routes inside this labyrinth leading to Pushkin, Gogol, Turgenev, Dostoevsky, Oscar Wilde, and Conan Doyle. --http://www.libraries.psu.edu/nabokov/doli1.htm [Sept 2006]

See also: Vladimir Nabokov (1899 - 1977) - Russian literature - 1934

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