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Nabokov

Vladimir Vladimirovich . 1899--1977, US novelist, born in Russia. His works include Lolita (1955), Pnin (1957), Pale Fire (1962), and Ada (1969)
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But here, as if caused by a spectral telephone operator's accidental switch, a "neutral, detached, anonymous" voice speaks where the "I" should be, not so much powerfully usurping as absentmindedly displacing the Nabokovian subject from any hope of his rightful position as Master in his own house (1996b, 380).
In the process we shall see that the Nabokovian aesthetic incorporates a vision of art as both beautiful and moral.
We have seen how a distinctly Nabokovian figure keeps reappearing throughout Lolita, now in the shape of Clare Quilty's amanuensis and biographer Vivian Darkbloom, now in the figure of a mysterious Aubrey-Vivian McFate, a nearnamesake of Joyce's equally shady "M'Intosh.
Rather than trying to identify the characteristics of those he elevates to his hall of Nabokovian value--obviously, what they have in common is that they share certain characteristics with the curator himself--I propose to attempt to discern on what grounds he relegates the others to the purgatory of the mediocre.
In this collection of articles by four eminent scholars who have distinguished themselves in both Nabokovian studies and Russian literature we present readings of The Defense (1930) by Catharine Nepomnyashchy, of Pnin (1957) by Irene Masing-Delic, of Lolita (1955) by Zsuzsa Hetenyi, and of Pale Fire (1962) in conjunction with Nabokov's translation of Eugene Onegin (1964) by Julia Trubikhina.
Excusable in itself, in context this parenthetical aside seems like a Nabokovian joke.
Harwell had to invent for Bauby an emotional arc from initial suicidal depression to the recovery of his will to live because the book portrays him as remarkably chipper throughout his ordeal, espousing a Nabokovian delight in the visual details he could espy from his bed and wheelchair.
It is presented as a fantasy, a Nabokovian throb towards an unattainable public Lolita, but it is in reality an excuse for his penchant of inserting her into his favourite movies such as Un Chien Andalou (Luis Bunuel, 1929), Belle de Jour (Luis Bunuel, 1967), Celine & Julie Go Boating (Jacques Rivette, 1974), Vivre sa vie (Jean-Luc Godard, 1962).
Plus there's the whole Nabokovian game of chess thing; Nabokov composed chess problems in his free time, and that level of cunning is also applied to his plots.
The book is organized like a course syllabus or summer reading list and closes with a pop quiz, but as it is Nabokovian in size and scope, it may prove difficult for all but the most sophisticated YAs.
Add to this the Nabokovian echo in "Boke" and the possibility of a secondary reference to Tolstoy's novella The Kreutzer Sonata (which shreds Beethoven mercilessly), and the informational implications of the reference begin to spiral out of control.
For all its generic conventionality, the novel is formally radical, set with Nabokovian panache in the footnotes that undergird the text of Richard III in David Bevington's fifth edition of Houghton Mifflin's Complete Works of William Shakespeare.