By Andrea Pitzer
A startling and revelatory exam of Nabokov’s existence and works―notably Pale Fire and Lolita―bringing new perception into one of many twentieth century’s such a lot enigmatic authors.
Novelist Vladimir Nabokov witnessed the horrors of his century, escaping progressive Russia then Germany less than Hitler, and fleeing France along with his Jewish spouse and son simply weeks prior to Paris fell to the Nazis. He many times confronted accusations of turning a blind eye to human agony to jot down crafty stories of depravity. yet does one of many maximum writers within the English language quite deserve the label of amoral aesthete bestowed on him by way of such a lot of critics?
Using details from newly-declassified intelligence documents and recovered army background, journalist Andrea Pitzer argues that faraway from being a proponent of artwork for art’s sake, Vladimir Nabokov controlled to conceal irritating background in his fiction―history that has long gone overlooked for many years. Nabokov emerges as one of those documentary conjurer, spending the best many years of his profession recording a saga of forgotten focus camps and searing bigotry, from global warfare I to the Gulag and the Holocaust. Lolita surrenders Humbert Humbert’s mystery identification, and divulges a Nabokov appalled through American anti-Semitism. The lunatic narrator of Pale Fire recollects Russian tragedies that after haunted the realm. From Tsarist courts to Nazi movie units, from CIA entrance corporations to wartime Casablanca, the tale of Nabokov’s family members is the tale of his century―and either are woven inextricably into his fiction.