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Imagining NabokovRussia Between Art and Politics$
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Nina L. Khrushcheva

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780300108866

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300108866.001.0001

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Poet, Genius, and Hero

Poet, Genius, and Hero

(p.110) Three Poet, Genius, and Hero
Imagining Nabokov

Nina L. Khrushcheva

Yale University Press

This chapter examines the lives and work of Nabokov and Pushkin. It considers Nabokov's admiration for poet Osip Mandelshtam and the affinity between Nabokov and Mandelshtam as artists and men. It discusses how Nabokov found his own heroism in choosing an unheroic life. He was the first in Russian literature to demonstrate that “normalcy” and poshlost (banality, complacency, vulgarity) are not necessarily synonymous.

Keywords:   Vladimir Nabokov, Alexander Pushkin, Osip Mandelshtam

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