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Vera (Mrs Vladimir Nabokov)

Schiff, Stacy

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ISBN 10: 0330346733 / ISBN 13: 9780330346733
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Title: Vera (Mrs Vladimir Nabokov)

Publisher: Picador


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* 'Two fascinating lives for the price of one' Sunday Telegraph *At once a love story, a portrait of a marriage and an answer to a riddle, VERA (MRS VLADIMIR NABOKOV) explores a remarkable literary partnership - that of a woman who devoted her life to her husband's art and a man who dedicated his volumes to his wife. Open a work of Nabokov's, and there is Vera on the dedication page, front and centre. But search for her elsewhere, and the woman to whom the author of LOLITA was married for fifty-two years, who carried on his correspondence in his name, fades from view.' "Without my wife," Nabokov once remarked, "I wouldn't have written a single novel". Schiff's work boldly and brilliantly illuminates how complex was this deceptively simple statement. A superb portrait' Chicago Tribune'Vera has met her match in Stacy Schiff, whose biography is a model of subtle, searching and elegant scholarship' Daily Telegraph'Following Schiff's bold, patient construction of Vera from the fiction (of all kinds) with which she surrounded herself approaches the delight of reading a Nabokovian fiction' Spectator


She was wearing a black satin mask when they first met in 1923, and in a sense she wore a mask--that of the dutiful wife and helpmeet--throughout their 52-year marriage. Especially after the American publication of Lolita made her husband notorious in 1958, Véra Nabokov's presence at her husband's side was crucial, writes her biographer Stacy Schiff: "[It] kept the fiction in its place, reassured readers ... that Nabokov's perversities were of a different kind." But Véra Slonim (1902-91) was essential to Vladimir Nabokov's literary career from the beginning. She had a gift for handling practical matters that her spouse proudly lacked; she screened him from his publishers and his admirers with equal firmness, and in doing so she liberated him to fulfill the artistic genius they both believed he possessed. Praised for a previous biography of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Schiff here cements her reputation as a literary biographer of striking subtlety and perceptiveness. She establishes a strong base in chapter 1 with her excellent analysis of Véra Slonim's youth in a privileged Russian Jewish family in St. Petersburg. She then pursues her subject's elusive personality through hints in Nabokov's work and the comments of friends and colleagues. Schiff's elegant prose and eye for nuance nearly match Nabokov himself in this lucid, unsentimental portrait of a marriage. --Wendy Smith

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