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Feb 04, 1992
| ISBN 9780679727262
Feb 16, 2011
| ISBN 9780307787583
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Feb 04, 1992 | ISBN 9780679727262
Feb 16, 2011 | ISBN 9780307787583
"Nabokov writes prose the only way it should be written, that is, ecstatically." — John UpdikeThe Real Life of Sebastian Knight is a perversely magical literary detective story — subtle, intricate, leading to a tantalizing climax — about the mysterious life of a famous writer. Many people knew things about Sebastian Knight as a distinguished novelist, but probably fewer than a dozen knew of the two love affairs that so profoundly influenced his career, the second one in such a disastrous way. After Knight’s death, his half brother sets out to penetrate the enigma of his life, starting with a few scanty clues in the novelist’s private papers. His search proves to be a story as intriguing as any of his subject’s own novels, as baffling, and, in the end, as uniquely rewarding.
Vladimir Nabokov studied French and Russian literature at Trinity College, Cambridge, then lived in Berlin and Paris, writing prolifically in Russian under the pseudonym Sirin. In 1940, he left France for America, where he wrote some of his greatest works—Bend Sinister (1947), Lolita (1955), Pnin (1957),… More about Vladimir Nabokov
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