978-0-7139-9380-6 / 0713993804

Nabakov's Butterflies

by NABOKOV, Vladirir.

Publisher:Beacon, (2000).



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The ultimate book on the twin passions of his life--literature and lepidoptera. In 1999 Martin Amis called Nabokov his novelist of the century. By virtue of his literary renown, Nabokov was also the famous lepidopterist of his time, and over the last decade his research papers have been rediscovered, developed, acclaimed and honoured by scientists on four continents. Now, even newly discovered Amazonian species are being named after his fictional characters.

Nabokov's Butterflies is a unique and extraordinary collection which presents the great writer's lifelong passion for literature and butterflies through a vast array of material. Spanning nearly 60 years of Nabokov's writing and research, the volume brings together poems, stories, extracts from novels, memoirs, scientific papers, letters and notes, interspersed with a wealth of beautiful and fanciful drawings by Nabokov and photographs of him in the field.

Here for the first time, translated from the Russian by Dimitri Nabokov, is Nabokov's most exciting blend of literature and lepidoptera, a 40-page afterword to The Gift. Alongside it are scores of fascinating and intimate letters to his mother, wife, colleagues and friends; the sui generis scientific talks he delivered: an intriguing entomological tale "The Admirable Anglewing"; a taste of the prodigious work he expended on Butterflies of Europe; and a dozen poems newly translated from the Russian. All this and much, much more will delight and enthral all lovers of things Nabokvian.

The publication of Nabokov's Butterflies is a unique and unprecedented literary event, celebrating both the magical variety of his art and his notable achievements in the scientific field.

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