Book review: Glory by Vladimir Nabokov, 1932

This semi-autobiographical early novel was written in the early 1930’s, but only translated into English in 1971, when Nabokov’s reputation as an author was secure. It did little to enhance it. ‘Glory’ follows the childhood and early life of Nabokov’s romantic protagonist, Martin Edelweiss, who escapes from the bloodshed of revolutionary Russia.to Switzerland and thenceContinue reading “Book review: Glory by Vladimir Nabokov, 1932”

Book review: Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov, 1955

‘Lolita’ is not an easy book to review. Perhaps more than any other novel that I have reviewed on this blog thus far, ‘Lolita’ comes with a burden of critical responses that make it hard to see the novel for itself. It is an elusive text at the best of times, with its classically flawedContinue reading “Book review: Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov, 1955”

Book review: Pale Fire by Vladimir Nabokov

“Pale Fire” is a complex, multi-layered post modernist novel – but for goodness sake don’t let that put you off! At the heart of this novel is an extraordinary romp – and that’s not a word you expect to see used to describe a modern novel. The structure of the novel is worth spending aContinue reading “Book review: Pale Fire by Vladimir Nabokov”