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Beyond Lolita: Rediscovering Nabokov on his birth centennial

Вне Лолиты: Вновь открывая Набокова к столетию со дня рождения

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Проект CNN к столетнему юбилею Набокова, 1999
 

Nabokov's Pictorial Biography / Иллюстрированная Биография Набокова

1. Russia 1899-1919

Earliest memories

Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov was born into an old, wealthy and aristocratic Russian family in St. Petersburg, on April 23, 1899. In his memoir, "Speak, Memory," he notes that his first childhood memories can be dated to 1903.Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov was born into an old, wealthy and aristocratic Russian family in St. Petersburg, on April 23, 1899. In his memoir, "Speak, Memory," he notes that his first childhood memories can be dated to 1903.

Discovering butterflies

Nabokov reads a book of butterflies in 1907 at Vyra, the summer estate of his maternal grandfather located about 50 miles south of St. Petersburg. During his youth, Nabokov spent his time collecting butterflies around the Vyra estate, a place which would come to represent the essence of childhood for the writer.Nabokov reads a book of butterflies in 1907 at Vyra, the summer estate of his maternal grandfather located about 50 miles south of St. Petersburg. During his youth, Nabokov spent his time collecting butterflies around the Vyra estate, a place which would come to represent the essence of childhood for the writer.

Fleeing Russia

The Nabokov family fled Russia in 1919 after the Bolshevik revolution led to instability at home. This photo, taken less than six months before they were to leave Russia, shows the five Nabokov children: from left, Vladimir, Kirill, Olga, Sergei and Elena.The Nabokov family fled Russia in 1919 after the Bolshevik revolution led to instability at home. This photo, taken less than six months before they were to leave Russia, shows the five Nabokov children: from left, Vladimir, Kirill, Olga, Sergei and Elena.

 

 

2. Exile 1919-1940

Exile in England

After fleeing Russia, the family moved to England, where Nabokov attended Trinity College at Cambridge from 1919-1922. He began his studies in zoology but later focused on Russian and French literature.After fleeing Russia, the family moved to England, where Nabokov attended Trinity College at Cambridge from 1919-1922. He began his studies in zoology but later focused on Russian and French literature.

Death of his father

Nabokov, shown in larger photo, spends the summer after his father's death at the home of Svetlana Siewert, his one-time fiancee. Nabokov's father, Vladimir Dmitrievich Nabokov (bottom right) was shot to death in Berlin while trying to stop right-wing Russian assassins from killing politician Pavel Miliukov in March 1922.Nabokov, shown in larger photo, spends the summer after his father's death at the home of Svetlana Siewert, his one-time fiancee. Nabokov's father, Vladimir Dmitrievich Nabokov (bottom right) was shot to death in Berlin while trying to stop right-wing Russian assassins from killing politician Pavel Miliukov in March 1922.

Marriage to Vèra

Nabokov and Vera Slonim met in May of 1923 at a charity costume ball and later married in 1925 in Berlin. After settling down into marriage, Nabokov never purchased his own house, even with the great wealth and success of "Lolita." He claimed that after the loss of his home in Russia his only attachment was, in his terms, the "unreal estate" of memory and art. Nabokov and Vèra Slonim met in May of 1923 at a charity costume ball and later married in 1925 in Berlin. After settling down into marriage, Nabokov never purchased his own house, even with the great wealth and success of "Lolita." He claimed that after the loss of his home in Russia his only attachment was, in his terms, the "unreal estate" of memory and art.

Birth of his son

Nabokov's son, Dmitri, was born in May of 1934. Dmitri went on to become an opera singer but also helped his father translate early work to English. Nabokov's son, Dmitri, was born in May of 1934. Dmitri went on to become an opera singer but also helped his father translate early work to English.

 

3. America 1940-1960

Refuge in America

Fleeing from the threat of Nazi forces, the Nabokovs moved to New York in 1940 and remained there for twenty years. While living in America, Nabokov established himself as a writer and continued to pursue his passion for the study of butterflies. Fleeing from the threat of Nazi forces, the Nabokovs moved to New York in 1940 and remained there for twenty years. While living in America, Nabokov established himself as a writer and continued to pursue his passion for the study of butterflies.

Publishing "Lolita"

Nabokov's "Lolita," which he referred to as a "time bomb," was first published by Olympia Press in France in 1955. Three years later, the book was published in America where some critics dubbed it "pornography," recommending that it be banned from shelves. Nabokov's "Lolita," which he referred to as a "time bomb," was first published by Olympia Press in France in 1955. Three years later, the book was published in America where some critics dubbed it "pornography," recommending that it be banned from shelves.

 

4. Switzerland 1960-1977

The final years

Although the controversy surrounding "Lolita" affected Nabokov for the rest of his life, some critics say he wrote his best works during the last 17 years of his career. After moving to Switzerland in 1960, he published acclaimed works such as "Pale Fire" and "Ada or Ardor" before his death in 1977. Although the controversy surrounding "Lolita" affected Nabokov for the rest of his life, some critics say he wrote his best works during the last 17 years of his career. After moving to Switzerland in 1960, he published acclaimed works such as "Pale Fire" and "Ada or Ardor" before his death in 1977.

 
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