Vladimir Nabokov

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The Scent of Flowers at Night by Leïla Slimani review – a writer’s lot
The French-Moroccan author’s slightly precious meditation on literary creation is strongest when examining its limitations and reflecting on her own childhood

John Self

28, May, 2023 @8:00 AM

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UK ambassador to Ukraine: ‘My hands were shaking. It was the adrenaline’
Melinda Simmons on life in Kyiv, Putin’s motives, and learning to tell the difference between a boom and an explosion

Luke Harding in Kyiv

04, Nov, 2022 @9:29 AM

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Lolita at 60: Stanley Kubrick’s daring drama is a deft tightrope act
The first, and greatest, adaptation of Vladimir Nabokov’s troubling 1955 novel still possesses a strange and unnerving power

Jesse Hassenger

13, Jun, 2022 @5:19 AM

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Mary Gaitskill: ‘I have a nuanced mind, for better and worse’
The novelist and essayist on the disturbing power of Lolita, her regard for John Cheever, and her aversion to simplistic arguments

Anthony Cummins

06, Nov, 2021 @6:00 PM

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Skin by Sergio del Molino review – a meditation on psoriasis and the psyche
A sufferer writes about how the skin condition affected figures as diverse as Joseph Stalin, John Updike and Cyndi Lauper

Houman Barekat

29, Oct, 2021 @6:30 AM

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Top 10 novels about long-distance relationships | Amber Medland
The pleasures and perils of sustaining human connection while physically separated have inspired writers from Sally Rooney to Vladimir Nabokov

Amber Medland

08, Sep, 2021 @12:00 PM

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Damon Galgut: ‘After reading Roald Dahl, the world never looked the same’
The Booker-longlisted author on the dazzling wordplay of Nabokov, feeling bemused by Haruki Murakami and struggling to finish Dickens

Damon Galgut

06, Aug, 2021 @9:00 AM

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Poem of the week: To Vladimir Nabokov … by Anthony Burgess
Part showy display of literary style, part grumpy personal letter, this is a rich celebration of the power of writing

Carol Rumens

19, Apr, 2021 @10:50 AM

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Vladimir Nabokov's Superman poem published for the first time
In The Man of To-morrow’s Lament, rejected by the New Yorker in 1942, the Lolita author imagines the superhero mourning his inability to have children with Lois Lane

Alison Flood

04, Mar, 2021 @10:57 AM

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Being Lolita by Alisson Wood review – memoir of an illicit relationship
An account of a teenage affair with a teacher feels like therapy and lacks deep thinking

Rachel Cooke

16, Feb, 2021 @7:00 AM

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How I found solace in Nabokov’s Speak, Memory during the pandemic
Nabokov’s remembrances granted reprieve from the new abnormal and – crucially – guidance on how to navigate it

Ryan Chapman

13, Sep, 2020 @7:28 PM

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Vladimir Nabokov's Colour Plate 55: an evolving mimetic power
The famous writer and lepidopterist would spend up to 14 hours a day studying and drawing butterfly patterns in the 1940s

Skye Sherwin

17, Apr, 2020 @9:00 AM

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