The son of one of Russia’s wealthiest aristocratic families at the turn of the century. Vladimir Nabokov’s life was as tumultuous as his times. He lived through the Russian Revolution; his father’s assassination; a first exile; the Nazi invasion and a hasty emigration after the War; and the poverty of an immigrant in the United States. This outstanding destiny, together with his passion for butterflies, will fullfill his works all through his life. A complex and ambitious work which will ultimately bring him fame succeeding his worldwide success of “LOLITA”. This portrait shows the gap that can exist between a writer’s personality and his work.

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    Patricia DESMORTIER avec la collaboration du biographe de Nabokov, Brian BOYD