He could not write a word without hearing it in her pronunciation. He could not wait for her to read his pages. She understood his every comma. “All the happiness of the world, the riches, power and adventures, all the promises of religions, all the enchantment of nature and even human fame” could not equal, Nabokov swore in 1925, two of Véra’s letters.

Véra and Vladimir Nabokov, Berlin, photograph by Nicolas Nabokov from ‘His Joy, His Life’ by Stacy Schiff

"Не будет мрамора, Набоков..."

"Не будет мрамора, Набоков..."

He made thousands of obsessive drawings of butterflies—but do they help us read his novels?

Vladimir Nabokov, Scientific Genius

He made thousands of obsessive drawings of butterflies—but do they help us read his novels?

Владимир Набоков. Гштаад, Швейцария, 1971 год © Фото Хорста Таппе.

Владимир Набоков. Гштаад, Швейцария, 1971 год © Фото Хорста Таппе.

Vladimir Nabokov 1969

Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov , also known by the pen name Vladimir Sirin; 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.

Vladimir Nabokov and collection of butterflies, Ithaca, N.Y., 1958.

Vlad the (Insect) Impaler: LIFE With Nabokov and His Butterflies

Vladimir Nabokov and his wife Vera chase butterflies near Six Mile Creek,  Ithaca, N.Y., 1958.

Vlad the (Insect) Impaler: LIFE With Nabokov and His Butterflies

Vladimir and Vera Nabokov chasing butterflies Ithaca, New York September 1958 Carl Mydans (For Life Magazine)

Vladimir and Vera Nabokov in Montreux, 1969. Image: Giuseppe Pino under a CC licence.

Vladimir and Vera Nabokov in Montreux, Image: Giuseppe Pino under a CC licence.

In The ReviewThis drawing appeared in the following: Nabokov's Game from the January 14, 1965 issue

In The ReviewThis drawing appeared in the following: Nabokov's Game from the January 14, 1965 issue


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