Stalking Nabokov by Brian Boyd – review

By David Eggleton In Books

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13th December, 2012
Vladimir Nabokov claimed, teasingly, to be as “American as April in Arizona”, but he was actually a Russian exile who arrived in the US with his Jewish wife and their son during World War II. From the early 1960s through to his death in 1977 at the age of 78, he lived in retirement in Switzerland, in a suite in the Cygne wing of the Montreux Palace Hotel, overlooking Lake Geneva, paid for by book and film royalties from his 1958 best-seller, Lolita. It was perhaps the nearest he could get to the Russia of his idyllic childhood, swept away by the Communist Revolution of 1917. ...

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