The Man from the USSR and Other Plays

The Man from the USSR and Other Plays

by Vladimir Nabokov, Dmitri Nabokov
     
 
These four plays and the two essays on drama that accompany them were written in Russian during Nabokov's emigre years in Germany and France, before his published work in English earned him his reputation as a supreme magician of language. As his son, Dmitri, reveals in the introduction, many of the Nabokovian themes that were to dazzle future generations of readers

Overview

These four plays and the two essays on drama that accompany them were written in Russian during Nabokov's emigre years in Germany and France, before his published work in English earned him his reputation as a supreme magician of language. As his son, Dmitri, reveals in the introduction, many of the Nabokovian themes that were to dazzle future generations of readers made their first appearance in these works. The title play, a five-act drama portraying the illusory hopes of the emigre community: The Event, a "dramatic comedy" set in a pre-Revolutionary Russian town: two one-act plays cast in blank verse (The Grand-dad and The Pole): and Nabokov's two essays on drama comprise an enlightening presentation of the early work of a literary genius.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780151568826
Publisher:
Harcourt
Publication date:
12/28/1984
Series:
HBJ Book Series
Pages:
352

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Meet the Author


Vladimir Nabokov (1899-1977), Russian-born poet, novelist, literary critic, translator, and essayist was awarded the National Medal for Literature for his life's work in 1973. He taught literature at Wellesley, Stanford, Cornell, and Harvard. He is the author of many works including Lolita, Pale Fire, Ada, and Speak, Memory.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
April 23, 1899
Date of Death:
July 2, 1977
Place of Birth:
St. Petersburg, Russia
Place of Death:
Montreux, Switzerland
Education:
Trinity College, Cambridge, 1922

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