Books: A Lift from Lolita

THE EYE by Vladimir Nabokov. 114 pages. Phaedra. $4.50.

Lolita has been good to her creator. The market in Nabokov, sluggish until she appeared, has been bullish ever since. In collaboration with his publishers, Nabokov has sensibly kept the post-Lolita market well supplied. The Eye is the latest reincarnation from Nabokov's past, translated from Russian by the author's son Dmitri (Harvard '55).

First published in Paris in 1930 in a Russian emigré review, the tale seems direct enough at surface level. Smurov, a young Russian emigré in Berlin, anxiously searches among his acquaintances for...

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