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Think, Write, Speak by Vladimir Nabokov
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Nov 12, 2019 | ISBN 9781101874912

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“Immense fun . . . Any sensitive reader will linger over the beautiful sentences with which Nabokov enriches even his most casual prose.” —Michael Dirda, The Washington Post

“A must-read . . .  Nabokov notices (and is often amused by) everything . . . He is forever smart and associative, satisfying from the smallest bit to the largest chunk . . . Boyd and Tolstoy have brought out a volume that no Nabokov fan can overlook. We have before us a genius scrambling to patch together a living in the volume’s early years, then a genius living with, and mostly reveling in, the fame he earned.” —Catherine Holmes, The Post and Courier

“Gives us a window into the earlier decades of Nabokov’s life . . . This new collection is an expansive record of Nabokov’s worldview and aesthetic philosophy, but one particularly fascinating element of Think, Write, Speak is the insight it gives us into how Nabokov, staunchly opposed to the politicization of literature, navigated being a public explainer of Russian arts and letters in the midst of the Cold War.” —Jennifer Wilson, The New Republic

“Nabokov is Nabokov. He dispenses gleaming shards . . . The best passage in Think, Write, Speak [is] one that, were I a tattoo person, I would consider advertising on my forearm.” —Dwight Garner, The New York Times Book Review

“Every interview Nabokov granted was a defense, not only of himself against charges of scandal and obscenity, but also of art, the imagination, and literature itself. He devoted his life to the shiver in the spine that passes from writer to reader, and it’s there that he lives on.” —Christian Lorentzen, Financial Times

“Vladimir Nabokov’s opinions . . . are of compelling interest because—paradoxically—he regularly and accurately insisted that his novels sent no message, made no moral case, presented no argument. The beauty and fascination of his views on literary and other matters rest, I think, on his openness to laughter. . . . Nabokov had a lot to laugh about.” —Philip Hensher, The Spectator

“For those of us who are Vladimir Nabokov completists perhaps we finally have closure . . . Now we have the full Nabokovian ex cathedra pronouncements in all their typical vim and vigour, to be relished all the more because Nabokov insisted on writing the replies to all questions posed.” —William Boyd, The Times Literary Supplement (Best Books of the Year 2019)

“Scores of interviews reveal Nabokov’s sly wit and powerful opinions . . . An informative introduction places the selections in the context of Nabokov’s life and writing career . . . A treat for Nabokov admirers.” Kirkus Reviews

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