Imagining Nabokov

I am in love with Vladimir Nabokov, Russian turned American author of LolitaPale Fire and Speak, Memory. I love him so much I went to Montreux, a resort town in Switzerland, to talk to his statue, to pay homage to this great traveller, a traveller so profound that much of his life he lived in a hotel.

The statue of Vladimir Nabokov in Montreux, Switzerland

All photographs on this page are curtesy of Edward Baumeister

I was so inspired by our conversation that when I came back to New York I wrote two books about Nabokov and peculiarities of Russian versus American culture. Well, one could say, it is just one book, but in Nabokovian fashion I wrote it twice, just like Nabokov would — first in English, Imagining Nabokov, and then in Russian as Visiting Nabokov. So they are two different books meant for two different audiences.

Hrusheva41bhbyeR3sLNina Khrushcheva with Nabokov statue

My articles on Vladimir Nabokov and Russian Politics:

Imagining Nabokov Book Reviews:

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1 thought on “Imagining Nabokov”

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