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Bend Sinister by Vladimir Nabokov — New Review

My introduction to Bend Sinister was Michael calling me over to help him decipher how to interpret a sentence on the third page. I read a little extra for context, and got caught up in the satisfaction of untangling sentences so that I could understand them. 361 more words

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Look at the Harlequins! by Vladimir Nabokov

Nabokov is a tricksy sort of writer, flamboyant and complex. I needed to look up a few words in a dictionary. Perhaps it comes from his bilingualism, between Russian and English. 75 more words

Was she really beautiful? Was she at least what they call attractive? She was exasperation, she was torture.

Love

I've become a master of getting back to sleep in the morning

Multiple times! This morning it was four. When I wake from a dream in the early morning, before daybreak, Theodora will usually sense it & come over meowing for pets and attention. 3,433 more words

Theodora

Vladimir Nabokov

I shall continue to exist.
I may assume other disguises, other forms, but I shall try to exist.

— Vladimir Nabokov, Pale Fire: A Poem in Four Cantos (Putnam, 1962)

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The Lasting Effects of the Lolita Complex

Lacy Warner | Longreads | November 2018 | 14 minutes (3,431 words)

It feels like I’m watching porn. The video is grainy and cheap looking, like an old daytime soap shot with Vaseline over the lens. 3,583 more words

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