The Enchanter: Nabokov and Happiness [NOOK Book]

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Discovering happiness in reading the work of an extraordinary writer.


The protagonist of Vladimir Nabokov's The Gift playfully dreamed of writing "A Practical Handbook: How to Be Happy." Now, Nabokov's own creative reader Lila Azam Zanganeh lends life to this vision with sly sophistication and ebullient charm, as she shares the delirious ...
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The Enchanter: Nabokov and Happiness

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Overview

Discovering happiness in reading the work of an extraordinary writer.


The protagonist of Vladimir Nabokov's The Gift playfully dreamed of writing "A Practical Handbook: How to Be Happy." Now, Nabokov's own creative reader Lila Azam Zanganeh lends life to this vision with sly sophistication and ebullient charm, as she shares the delirious joy to be found in reading the masterpieces of "the great writer of happiness."



Plunging into the enchanted and luminous worlds of Speak, Memory; Ada, or Ardor; and the infamous Lolita, Azam Zanganeh seeks out the Nabokovian experience of time, memory, sexual passion, nature, loss, love in all its forms, and language in all its allusions. She explores Nabokov's geography-from his Russian childhood to the landscapes of "his" America-suffers encounters with his beloved "nature," hallucinates an interview with the master, and seeks the "crunch of happiness" in his singular vocabulary. This beautifully illuminated book will both reignite the passion of experienced Nabokovians and lure the innocent reader to a well of delights as yet unseen.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393083002
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/25/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 228
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Lila Azam Zanganeh was born in Paris. She has taught literature, cinema, and Romance languages at Harvard University. She now writes and lives mainly in New York City.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2011

    A love of words and living! Great read!

    If you were apprehensive about reading Nabokov, this is your perfect introduction into a world of magical words and the simple joy of living. Lila Azam Zanganeh convinces us that language is fun and the world is beautiful. She weaves fiction and non-fiction into a web of "delicious". Could not put it down!

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  • Posted July 5, 2011

    Highly Recommended

    This book is a great insight into genuine forms of happiness, and how one might seize them through the works and words of an extraordinary writer. I would highly recommend it even if you have not read any of Nabokov's novels yet. This will want to make you plunge right in. A real delight.

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