A trilingual novelist, poet, dramatist, lecturer, lepidopterist, and tennis tutor, who spent his life in Russia, Europe, America, and then Europe again, Vladimir Nabokov’s life was one marked by transition. From his place amongst émigré intellectuals as his alter-ego Sirin, to his later fiction where he intrudes upon the narrative as ‘V.N’, Nabokov’s works are also incredibly tricksy and demonstrate a marked preoccupation with self. The talk aims to elucidate significant factors in Nabokov’s life and explore his claim that moving ‘from my palatial Russian to the narrow quarters of my English was like moving from one darkened house to another on a starless night during a strike of candlemakers and torchbearers’. Michael Rodgers is currently finishing his PhD thesis ‘A Nietzschean Analysis of Vladimir Nabokov’s Fiction’ at the University of Strathclyde. He has given several talks on Nabokov, including at the Fourth International Nabokov Conference in St Petersburg. Donations £2 (SRF members), £5 (non-members), payable at the door. Booking essential. (ScotRussia)
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