ADA, OR ARDOR
Published two weeks after his seventieth birthday, Ada, or Ardor is one of
Nabokov's greatest masterpieces, the glorious culmination of his career as a
The Gift is the last of the novels Nabokov wrote in his native Russian and
the crowning achievement of that period in his literary career. It is also his
ode to Russian literature, evoking the works of Pushkin, Gogol, and others in the
course of its narrative.
Awe and exhiliration--along with heartbreak and mordant wit--abound in Lolita, Nabokov's most famous and
controversial novel, which tells the story of the aging Humbert Humbert's obsessive, devouring, and
doomed passion for the nymphet Dolores Haze.
An ingeniously constructed parody of detective fiction and learned commentary,
Pale Fire offers a cornucopia of deceptive pleasures, at the center of
which is a 999-line poem written by the literary genius John Shade just before
Speak, Memory, first published in 1951 as Conclusive Evidence and then
assiduously revised in 1966, is an elegant and rich evocation of Nabokov's life
and times, even as it offers incisive insights into his major works.
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