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Imagining Nabokov: Russia Between Art and Politics

Nina L. Khrushcheva


Vladimir Nabokov's “Western choice”—his exile to the West after the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution—allowed him to take a crucial literary journey, leaving the closed nineteenth-century Russian culture behind and arriving in the extreme openness of twentieth-century America. This book offers the hypothesis that because of this journey, the works of Russian-turned-American Vladimir Nabokov (1899–1977) are highly relevant to the political transformation under way in Russia today. The author of this book—a Russian living in America—finds in Nabokov's novels a useful guide for Russia's integration into ... More

Keywords: Vladimir Nabokov, Western choice, Russian fiction, globalization, personal misery, communal life, happiness, democracy, capitalism, open borders

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780300108866
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300108866.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nina L. Khrushcheva, author