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Vladimir Nabokov

Birthdate: 10. April 1899
Date of death: 2. July 1977

Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov was a Russian-American novelist and entomologist. His first nine novels were in Russian, but he achieved international prominence after he began writing English prose.

Nabokov's Lolita , his most noted novel in English, was ranked fourth in the list of the Modern Library 100 Best Novels; Pale Fire was ranked 53rd on the same list, and his memoir, Speak, Memory , was listed eighth on the publisher's list of the 20th century's greatest nonfiction. He was a finalist for the National Book Award for Fiction seven times.

Nabokov was an expert lepidopterist and composer of chess problems.

Works

Lolita
Lolita
Vladimir Nabokov
Pale Fire
Pale Fire
Vladimir Nabokov
Strong Opinions
Strong Opinions
Vladimir Nabokov
Speak, Memory
Speak, Memory
Vladimir Nabokov
Bend Sinister
Bend Sinister
Vladimir Nabokov
Lectures on Literature
Lectures on Literature
Vladimir Nabokov
Pnin
Pnin
Vladimir Nabokov
Mary
Mary
Vladimir Nabokov
Laughter in the Dark
Laughter in the Dark
Vladimir Nabokov
Despair
Despair
Vladimir Nabokov
Transparent Things
Vladimir Nabokov

„Lolita, light of my life, fire of my loins. My sin, my soul.“

—  Vladimir Nabokov, book Lolita

Opening lines.
Source: Lolita, light of my life, fire of my loins. My sin, my soul. Lo-lee-ta: the tip of the tongue taking a trip of three steps down the palate to tap, at three, on the teeth. Lo. Lee. Ta. She was Lo, plain Lo, in the morning, standing four feet ten in one sock. She was Lola in slacks. She was Dolly at school. She was Dolores on the dotted line. But in my arms she was always Lolita. Did she have a precursor? She did, indeed she did. In point of fact, there might have been no Lolita at all had I not loved, one summer, an initial girl-child. In a princedom by the sea. Oh when? About as many years before Lolita was born as my age was that summer. You can always count on a murderer for fancy prose style. Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, exhibit number one is what the seraphs, the misinformed, simple, noble-winged seraphs, envied. Look at this tangle of thorns.

„Don't touch me; I'll die if you touch me.“

—  Vladimir Nabokov, book Lolita

Source: Lolita

„The breaking of a wave cannot explain the whole sea.“

—  Vladimir Nabokov, book The Real Life of Sebastian Knight

Source: The Real Life of Sebastian Knight

„I am thinking of aurochs and angels, the secret of durable pigments, prophetic sonnets, the refuge of art. And this is the only immortality you and I may share, my Lolita.“

—  Vladimir Nabokov, book Lolita

Source: I'm thinking of aurochs and angels, the secret of durable pigments, prophetic sonnets, the refuge of art, And this is the only immortality that you and I may share, my Lolita.

„And the rest is rust and stardust.“

—  Vladimir Nabokov, book Lolita

Variant: I shall be dumped where the weed decays, And the rest is rust and stardust
Source: Lolita

„He broke my heart. You merely broke my life.“

—  Vladimir Nabokov, book Lolita

Source: Lolita

„Human life is but a series of footnotes to a vast obscure unfinished masterpiece“

—  Vladimir Nabokov, book Lolita

Variant: Existence is a series of footnotes to a vast, obscure, unfinished masterpiece.
Source: Lolita

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