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* AuthorAppeal: Butterflies. He was an entomologist with a particular love for butterflies. They appear frequently in his fiction, and his memoir features an entire chapter focused on the topic. There is, in fact, a genus of butterflies, ''Nabokovia'', named in his honor.

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* AuthorAppeal: Butterflies. He was an entomologist with a particular love for butterflies. They appear frequently in his fiction, and his memoir features an entire chapter focused on the topic. There is, in fact, a genus of butterflies, ''Nabokovia'', named in his honor. them.



--> '''Creator/JorgeLuisBorges''': In the preface to an anthology of Russian literature, Vladimir Nabokov stated that he had not found a single page of Dostoevsky worthy of inclusion. This ought to mean that Dostoevsky should not be judged by each page but rather by the total of all the pages that comprise the book.

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--> '''Creator/JorgeLuisBorges''': In the preface to an anthology of Russian literature, Vladimir Nabokov stated that he had not found a single page of Dostoevsky worthy of inclusion. This ought to mean that Dostoevsky should not be judged by each page but rather by the total of all the pages that comprise the book.book.
* UnreliableNarrator: As noted above. Best known would be, of course, ''Lolita'', but ''Despair'' also features a notable example. In case of ''Pale Fire'', it would be more accurate to call him an unreliable ''commentator''.

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* AuthorAppeal: Butterflies. He was an entomologist with a particular love for butterflies. They appear frequently in his fiction, and his memoir features an entire chapter focused on the topic. There is, in fact, a genus of butterflies, ''Nabokovia'', named in his honor.


Born in Russia, Nabokov was forced to flee the country at the age of 19, due to [[UsefulNotes/RedOctober some revolution or other]], which left him with very anti-communist feelings. His father was a liberal politican and member of the provisional government after the February Revolution. After the rise of the Bolsheviks, he and his family went to Berlin, but Nabokov's father ended up [[ShootTheShaggyDog being assassinated by a pro-Tsarist]] right-winger while trying to stop him from assassinating someone else. This episode is reflected in many of Nabokov's writings. He spent the next two decades in Europe writing novels in Russian, then brought his family to the United States [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII in 1940]], where he taught literature and wrote novels in English (making him one of very few authors to be able to write good literature in more than one language).[[note]]He's been compared to Creator/JosephConrad, a Pole who wrote in English,but the comparison is in exact as Conrad wrote ''only'' in English[[/note]] The controversial subject matter of [[Literature/{{Lolita}} one of these]] made him very famous, and he was able to quit teaching and write full time. Eventually he settled in Switzerland, where he continued writing novels in English, and died in 1977.

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Born in Russia, Nabokov was forced to flee the country at the age of 19, due to [[UsefulNotes/RedOctober some revolution or other]], which left him with very anti-communist feelings. His father was a liberal politican and member of the provisional government after the February Revolution. After the rise of the Bolsheviks, he and his family went to Berlin, but Nabokov's father ended up [[ShootTheShaggyDog being assassinated by a pro-Tsarist]] right-winger while trying to stop him from assassinating someone else. This episode is reflected in many of Nabokov's writings. He spent the next two decades in Europe writing novels in Russian, then brought his family to the United States [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII in 1940]], where he taught literature and wrote novels in English (making him one of very few authors to be able to write good literature in more than one language).[[note]]He's been compared to Creator/JosephConrad, a Pole who wrote in English,but the comparison is in exact inexact as Conrad wrote ''only'' in English[[/note]] The controversial subject matter of [[Literature/{{Lolita}} one of these]] made him very famous, and he was able to quit teaching and write full time. Eventually he settled in Switzerland, where he continued writing novels in English, and died in 1977.





-->--'''Music/ThePolice''', "Don't Stand So Close to Me", referring to the book ''Literature/{{Lolita}}''

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Born in Russia, Nabokov was forced to flee the country at the age of 19, due to [[UsefulNotes/RedOctober some revolution or other]], which left him with very anti-communist feelings. His father was a liberal politican and member of the provisional government after the February Revolution. After the rise of the Bolsheviks, he and his family went to Berlin, but Nabokov's father ended up [[ShootTheShaggyDog being assassinated by a pro-Tsarist]] right-winger while trying to stop him from assassinating someone else. This episode is reflected in many of Nabokov's writings. He spent the next two decades in Europe writing novels in Russian, then brought his family to the United States [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII in 1940]], where he taught literature and wrote novels in English (making him one of very few authors to be able to write good literature in more than one language). The controversial subject matter of [[Literature/{{Lolita}} one of these]] made him very famous, and he was able to quit teaching and write full time. Eventually he settled in Switzerland, where he continued writing novels in English, and died in 1977.

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Born in Russia, Nabokov was forced to flee the country at the age of 19, due to [[UsefulNotes/RedOctober some revolution or other]], which left him with very anti-communist feelings. His father was a liberal politican and member of the provisional government after the February Revolution. After the rise of the Bolsheviks, he and his family went to Berlin, but Nabokov's father ended up [[ShootTheShaggyDog being assassinated by a pro-Tsarist]] right-winger while trying to stop him from assassinating someone else. This episode is reflected in many of Nabokov's writings. He spent the next two decades in Europe writing novels in Russian, then brought his family to the United States [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII in 1940]], where he taught literature and wrote novels in English (making him one of very few authors to be able to write good literature in more than one language). [[note]]He's been compared to Creator/JosephConrad, a Pole who wrote in English,but the comparison is in exact as Conrad wrote ''only'' in English[[/note]] The controversial subject matter of [[Literature/{{Lolita}} one of these]] made him very famous, and he was able to quit teaching and write full time. Eventually he settled in Switzerland, where he continued writing novels in English, and died in 1977.


Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov (Russian: Влади́мир Влади́мирович Набо́ков, 22 April [Old Style 10 April] 1899 2 July 1977) was a novelist, polyglot, genius, CausticCritic and (occasionally) right bastard; and a close relative of the authors [[SignificantAnagram V. Sirin and Vivian Darkbloom]]. Born in Russia, Nabokov was forced to flee the country at the age of 19, due to [[UsefulNotes/RedOctober some revolution or other]], which left him with very anti-communist feelings. His father was a liberal politican and member of the provisional government after the February Revolution. After the rise of the Bolsheviks, he and his family went to Berlin, but Nabokov's father ended up [[ShootTheShaggyDog being assassinated by a pro-Tsarist]] right-winger while trying to stop him from assassinating someone else. This episode is reflected in many of Nabokov's writings. He spent the next two decades in Europe writing novels in Russian, then brought his family to the United States [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII in 1940]], where he taught literature and wrote novels in English (making him one of very few authors to be able to write good literature in more than one language). The controversial subject matter of [[Literature/{{Lolita}} one of these]] made him very famous, and he was able to quit teaching and write full time. Eventually he settled in Switzerland, where he continued writing novels in English, and died in 1977.

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Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov (Russian: Влади́мир Влади́мирович Набо́ков, 22 April [Old Style 10 April] 1899 2 July 1977) was a novelist, polyglot, genius, CausticCritic and (occasionally) right bastard; and a close relative of the authors [[SignificantAnagram V. Sirin and Vivian Darkbloom]].

Born in Russia, Nabokov was forced to flee the country at the age of 19, due to [[UsefulNotes/RedOctober some revolution or other]], which left him with very anti-communist feelings. His father was a liberal politican and member of the provisional government after the February Revolution. After the rise of the Bolsheviks, he and his family went to Berlin, but Nabokov's father ended up [[ShootTheShaggyDog being assassinated by a pro-Tsarist]] right-winger while trying to stop him from assassinating someone else. This episode is reflected in many of Nabokov's writings. He spent the next two decades in Europe writing novels in Russian, then brought his family to the United States [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII in 1940]], where he taught literature and wrote novels in English (making him one of very few authors to be able to write good literature in more than one language). The controversial subject matter of [[Literature/{{Lolita}} one of these]] made him very famous, and he was able to quit teaching and write full time. Eventually he settled in Switzerland, where he continued writing novels in English, and died in 1977.


* ''Despair'' (thriller involving [[ShadowArchetype doppelgangers]], one of Nabokov's favorite themes, adapted into a film by Creator/TomStoppard)
* ''Invitation to a Beheading'' ([[Creator/FranzKafka Kafkaesque]] tale of a man in a baffling prison for the crime of nonconformity)
* ''The Gift'' (his masterpiece in Russian, the story of Fyodor, a young emigré Russian writer in interwar Berlin and his attempt to make a name for himself and find love: contains an epic ShowWithinAShow in the form of its fourth chapter, which in its entirety consists of Fyodor's short biography of the 19th century writer Nikolay Chernyshevsky)
* ''The Enchanter'' (written in 1939 but unpublished until 1985, it shares many themes and events with the later Literature/{{Lolita}})

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* ''Despair'' (thriller involving [[ShadowArchetype doppelgangers]], doppelgangers, one of Nabokov's favorite themes, adapted into a film by Creator/TomStoppard)
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* ''Invitation to a Beheading'' ([[Creator/FranzKafka Kafkaesque]] Kafkaesque tale of a man in a baffling prison for the crime of nonconformity)
* ''The Gift'' (his masterpiece in Russian, the story of Fyodor, a young emigré Russian writer in interwar Berlin and his attempt to make a name for himself and find love: contains an epic ShowWithinAShow show within a show in the form of its fourth chapter, which in its entirety consists of Fyodor's short biography of the 19th century writer Nikolay Chernyshevsky)
* ''The Enchanter'' (written in 1939 but unpublished until 1985, it shares many themes and events with the later Literature/{{Lolita}})Literature Lolita)



* ''Literature/AdaOrArdor'' (Nabokov's {{doorstopper}}, an epic tale of obsessed love in an [[AlternateHistory alternate 19th century]])

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* ''Literature/AdaOrArdor'' (Nabokov's {{doorstopper}}, an epic tale of obsessed love in an [[AlternateHistory alternate 19th century]])century)



* ''Look at the Harlequins!'' (the autobiography of a novelist [[LifeEmbellished eerily similar]] to Nabokov in many ways and dramatically different in others)

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* ''Look at the Harlequins!'' (the autobiography of a novelist [[LifeEmbellished eerily similar]] similar to Nabokov in many ways and dramatically different in others)


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* AcceptableTargets: Nabokov had a very long list of these, but top of the list are communists and anyone who sympathises with them, and psychoanalysts and anyone who thinks there's anything to psychoanalysis.[[note]]He had a point about communism, since the Russian Revolution had forced him to emigrate from his homeland, and his father was assassinated as part of the general instability of the revolution, although the assassin wasn't actually a communist but a far-right monarchist. (Despite this, VN was more sympathetic to kings and monarchies than he was to communist regimes or left-wing politics generally.) His loathing of psychoanalysis can probably only be explained by...psychoanalysis.[[/note]]
** His hatred of left-wing regimes became so virulent in later life that when UsefulNotes/LyndonJohnson went into hospital to have gall bladder surgery, Nabokov (who didn't know the president) wrote him a Get Well Soon letter, expressing the wish that Johnson would soon be able to get back to the good work he was doing in South-East Asia. This was a reference to the [[UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar carpet-bombing of North Vietnam]], a military campaign that even those who organised it came to believe was ineffectual.
* TrollingCreator: His interviews, published lectures, forewords, and general comments are littered with mocking references to authors he had no respect for (including but not limited to Creator/BertoltBrecht, Creator/WilliamFaulkner, Creator/FyodorDostoevsky, [[Literature/{{Buddenbrooks}} Thomas Mann]], Creator/HenryJames, Creator/AlbertCamus, UsefulNotes/SigmundFreud...), as well as ideas or habits of thought he had no time for. His habit of not-always-ironic self-admiration also comes under this category. He was so well known for it, that another TrollingCreator (who was one of the few contemporary writers Nabokov admitted to ''liking'') called him for it:
--> '''Creator/JorgeLuisBorges''': In the preface to an anthology of Russian literature, Vladimir Nabokov stated that he had not found a single page of Dostoevsky worthy of inclusion. This ought to mean that Dostoevsky should not be judged by each page but rather by the total of all the pages that comprise the book.


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* ''The Enchanter'' (written in 1939 but unpublished until 1985, it shares many themes and events with the later {{Lolita}})

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* ''The Enchanter'' (written in 1939 but unpublished until 1985, it shares many themes and events with the later {{Lolita}})
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Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov (Russian: Влади́мир Влади́мирович Набо́ков, 22 April [Old Style 10 April] 1899 2 July 1977) was a novelist, polyglot, genius, CausticCritic and (occasionally) right bastard; and a close relative of the authors [[SignificantAnagram V. Sirin and Vivian Darkbloom]]. Born in Russia, Nabokov was forced to flee the country at the age of 19, due to [[UsefulNotes/RedOctober some revolution or other]], which left him with very anti-communist feelings. His father was a liberal political and member of the provisional government after the February Revolution. After the rise of the Bolsheviks, he and his family went to Berlin, but Nabokov's father ended up [[ShootTheShaggyDog being assassinated by a pro-Tsarist]] right-winger while trying to stop him from assassinating someone else. This episode is reflected in many of Nabokov's writings. He spent the next two decades in Europe writing novels in Russian, then brought his family to the United States, where he taught literature and wrote novels in English (making him one of very few authors to be able to write good literature in more than one language). The controversial subject matter of [[Literature/{{Lolita}} one of these]] made him very famous, and he was able to quit teaching and write full time. Eventually he settled in Switzerland, where he continued writing novels in English, and died in 1977.

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Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov (Russian: Влади́мир Влади́мирович Набо́ков, 22 April [Old Style 10 April] 1899 2 July 1977) was a novelist, polyglot, genius, CausticCritic and (occasionally) right bastard; and a close relative of the authors [[SignificantAnagram V. Sirin and Vivian Darkbloom]]. Born in Russia, Nabokov was forced to flee the country at the age of 19, due to [[UsefulNotes/RedOctober some revolution or other]], which left him with very anti-communist feelings. His father was a liberal political politican and member of the provisional government after the February Revolution. After the rise of the Bolsheviks, he and his family went to Berlin, but Nabokov's father ended up [[ShootTheShaggyDog being assassinated by a pro-Tsarist]] right-winger while trying to stop him from assassinating someone else. This episode is reflected in many of Nabokov's writings. He spent the next two decades in Europe writing novels in Russian, then brought his family to the United States, States [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII in 1940]], where he taught literature and wrote novels in English (making him one of very few authors to be able to write good literature in more than one language). The controversial subject matter of [[Literature/{{Lolita}} one of these]] made him very famous, and he was able to quit teaching and write full time. Eventually he settled in Switzerland, where he continued writing novels in English, and died in 1977.



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He is also the author of numerous short stories, poems, plays, lectures, translations, and biographies (Creator/NikolaiGogol's and his own). Incidentally, he said his first name rhymes with "redeemer" and his last name is pronounced "nuh-BOCK-off," and indeed in Russian it does and it is, though English-speakers rarely say it that way -- largely thanks to Music/ThePolice, whose "Don't Stand So Close To Me" popularized the mispronunciation.

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He is also the author of numerous short stories, poems, plays, lectures, translations, translations (most notably of ''Literature/EugeneOnegin''), and biographies (Creator/NikolaiGogol's and his own). Incidentally, he said his first name rhymes with "redeemer" and his last name is pronounced "nuh-BOCK-off," and indeed in Russian it does and it is, though English-speakers rarely say it that way -- largely thanks to Music/ThePolice, whose "Don't Stand So Close To Me" popularized the mispronunciation.


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-->--'''Music/ThePolice''', "Don't Stand So Close to Me", referring to the book ''Literatur/{{Lolita}}''.

Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov (Russian: Влади́мир Влади́мирович Набо́ков, 22 April [O.S. 10 April] 1899 2 July 1977) was a novelist, polyglot, genius, CausticCritic and (occasionally) right bastard; and a close relative of the authors [[SignificantAnagram V. Sirin and Vivian Darkbloom]]. Born in Russia, Nabokov was forced to flee the country at the age of 19, due to [[UsefulNotes/RedOctober some revolution or other]], which left him with very anti-communist feelings. His father was a liberal political and member of the provisional government after the February Revolution. After the rise of the Bolsheviks, he and his family went to Berlin, but Nabokov's father ended up [[ShootTheShaggyDog being assassinated by a pro-Tsarist]] right-winger while trying to stop him from assassinating someone else. This episode is reflected in many of Nabokov's writings. He spent the next two decades in Europe writing novels in Russian, then brought his family to the United States, where he taught literature and wrote novels in English (making him one of very few authors to be able to write good literature in more than one language). The controversial subject matter of [[Literature/{{Lolita}} one of these]] made him very famous, and he was able to quit teaching and write full time. Eventually he settled in Switzerland, where he continued writing novels in English, and died in 1977.

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-->--'''Music/ThePolice''', "Don't Stand So Close to Me", referring to the book ''Literatur/{{Lolita}}''.

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Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov (Russian: Влади́мир Влади́мирович Набо́ков, 22 April [O.S. [Old Style 10 April] 1899 2 July 1977) was a novelist, polyglot, genius, CausticCritic and (occasionally) right bastard; and a close relative of the authors [[SignificantAnagram V. Sirin and Vivian Darkbloom]]. Born in Russia, Nabokov was forced to flee the country at the age of 19, due to [[UsefulNotes/RedOctober some revolution or other]], which left him with very anti-communist feelings. His father was a liberal political and member of the provisional government after the February Revolution. After the rise of the Bolsheviks, he and his family went to Berlin, but Nabokov's father ended up [[ShootTheShaggyDog being assassinated by a pro-Tsarist]] right-winger while trying to stop him from assassinating someone else. This episode is reflected in many of Nabokov's writings. He spent the next two decades in Europe writing novels in Russian, then brought his family to the United States, where he taught literature and wrote novels in English (making him one of very few authors to be able to write good literature in more than one language). The controversial subject matter of [[Literature/{{Lolita}} one of these]] made him very famous, and he was able to quit teaching and write full time. Eventually he settled in Switzerland, where he continued writing novels in English, and died in 1977.

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