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By Nina L. Khrushcheva

Vladimir Nabokov's 'Western selection' (his exile to the West after the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution) allowed him to take a very important literary trip, leaving the closed nineteenth-century Russian tradition at the back of and arriving within the severe openness of twentieth-century the USA. In Imagining Nabokov: Russia among artwork and Politics, Nina Khrushcheva bargains the radical speculation that due to this trip, the works of Russian-turned-American Vladimir Nabokov (1899-1977) are hugely proper to the political transformation underway in Russia this present day. Khrushcheva, a Russian dwelling in the US, unearths in Nabokov's novels an invaluable advisor for Russia's integration into the globalized international. Now one in all Nabokov's 'Western' characters herself, she discusses the cultural and social realities of up to date Russia that he foresaw a half-century past. In light fireplace, Ada, or Ardor, Pnin and different works, Nabokov reinterpreted the traditions of Russian fiction, moving emphasis from own distress and communal existence to the suggestion of forging one's personal 'happy' future. within the twenty-first century, Russia faces an identical problem, Khrushcheva contends, and Nabokov's paintings finds how abilities might be received to deal with the appearance of democracy, capitalism, and open borders.

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