Books: The Nabokov Defense

THE WALTZ INVENTION by Vladimir Nabokov. 1 1 1 pages. Phaedra. $4.95.

"Life," says one of Vladimir Nabokov's characters, "makes a constant attempt to prove it is real." Russian-born Author Nabokov prefers to believe it is not. For him, real life ended with a bang in the 1917 Revolution. Ever since then he has quietly taken refuge in an elegant, ironic domain of private jokes and personal fantasies. Lolita made him famous because the private joke was also a public one that millions found appalling or appealing. His other works (The Eye, Pale Fire, Pnin, etc.) have been more complex fantasies. One...

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