By Brian Boyd
At the age of twenty-one, Brian Boyd wrote a thesis on Vladimir Nabokov that the recognized writer referred to as "brilliant." After gaining particular entry to the writer's data, he wrote a two-part, award-winning biography, Vladimir Nabokov: The Russian Years (1990) and Vladimir Nabokov: the yank Years (1991). This assortment beneficial properties essays written via Boyd considering the fact that finishing the biography, incorporating fabric he gleaned from his examine in addition to new discoveries and formulations.
Boyd confronts Nabokov's lifestyles, occupation, and legacy; his paintings, technology, and suggestion; his sophisticated humor and puzzle-like storytelling; his advanced mental pics; and his inheritance from, remodeling of, and affinities with Shakespeare, Pushkin, Tolstoy, and Machado de Assis. Boyd deals new methods of studying Nabokov's most sensible English-language works: Lolita, Pale Fire, Ada, and the extraordinary autobiography, Speak, Memory, and he discloses another way unknown information regarding the author's international. Sharing his own reflections, Boyd recounts the adventures, hardships, and revelations of discovering Nabokov's biography and his strange reveals within the information, together with fabrics nonetheless waiting for e-book. the 1st to target Nabokov's metaphysics, Boyd cautions opposed to their getting used because the key to free up all the author's secrets and techniques, exhibiting as an alternative the numerous different rooms in Nabokov's citadel of fiction that desire exploring, comparable to his humor, narrative invention, and mental perception into characters and readers alike. Appreciating Nabokov as novelist, memoirist, poet, translator, scientist, and person, Boyd is helping us comprehend greater than ever the author's multifaceted genius.