12/1/15 ZEMBLA official closure

As of today, December 1, 2015 (the 20th anniversary of ZEMBLA's first day "live" on the Web), ZEMBLA is officially closed. All pages and files currently part of the site (https://www.libraries.psu.edu/nabokov/zembla.htm) will remain at the existing addresses for the foreseeable future, but no updates, corrections, or additions to the site will be made.

In the (unlikely) event that the institution currently hosting the site (The Pennsylvania State University Libraries) wishes to cease hosting the files, an effort will be made to find a new home for them before they are removed from the Web.

7/10/15 Call for Papers: "Do the Senses Make Sense?"

The French Nabokov Society is organizing an international conference to be held in Biarritz, France, April 28-May 1, 2016. The Call for Papers is available at: http://www.vladimir-nabokov.org/cfp-biarritz-2016.

10/19/12: A Spanish Sister for Lolita?

Adrien Le Bihan speculates on a possible precursor of Lolita in the poetry of Manuel Machado.

8/22/12: Anatomy of a Short Story

Continuum Books recently published Anatomy of a Short Story: Nabokov's Puzzles, Codes, "Signs and Symbols," edited by Yuri Leving and with an afterword by John Banville. Also of interest is a related article by Yuri Leving in Publishers Weekly, "The Top 10 Nabokov Short Stories."

3/14/12: Machu on Lolita

Zembla is pleased to present Didier Machu's "Apollo and Dionysos in Lolita," an English version of a chapter from his recent book Lolita ou le tyran confondu : Lecture de Nabokov (Lyon : Presses Universitaires de Lyon, 2010).

3/9/12: Chercheurs Enchantés

Chercheurs Enchantés, the new website of the French Vladimir Nabokov Society, has just gone online. The site was created by members of the Society, which includes scholars, artists, translators, writers, and Nabokov enthusiasts. In addition to an introduction to the Society and its members, the site includes a biography of Nabokov, an extensive bibliography of French criticism on Nabokov, links to sites dedicated to Nabokov studies, to his works, and to his lifelong passions, such as entomology.

The website also announces the Society's first international conference, which will focus on Nabokov’s relationship to France. The conference will be held in Paris from May 30th to June 1st, 2013.

2/27/12: Dmitri Nabokov, 1934-2012

Dmitri Nabokov, son of Vladimir Nabokov, has died at age 77.

2/7/12: Nabokov Upside Down

For those who missed the Nabokov Upside Down conference hosted by Brian Boyd at the University of Auckland from January 10 to 13, here's a link to the conference Web site (http://www.nabokov2012.co.nz/) and a video commemorating the event by Yuri Leving.

11/16/11: Keys to The Gift

Yuri Leving's new book, Keys to The Gift: A Guide to V. Nabokov’s Novel (Boston: Academic Studies Press, 2011), is now available. The book is supplemented by a freely available, and brilliantly designed, website.

11/4/11: Pale Fire: A Poem in Four Cantos by John Shade

"This first-ever facsimile edition of the poem shows it to be not just a fictional device but a masterpiece of American poetry [...]. Renowned Nabokov authority Brian Boyd brilliantly explains Pale Fire on its and Shade's own terms, showing how its texture compares with Shakespeare's sonnets at their best. Poet R.S. Gwynn sets it in the context of American poetry of its time. Artist Jean Holabird, who conceived the project, illustrates key details of the poem's pattern and pathos." Now available at Amazon.

11/4/11: Stalking Nabokov

Brian Boyd's new book on Nabokov, published by Columbia University Press, "features essays written by Boyd since completing the biography, incorporating material he gleaned from his research as well as new discoveries and formulations." Anyone in North America who uses the promo code “STABO” to buy the book from the Columbia site will receive a 30% discount off the price of the book. Anyone in Australia or New Zealand who buys through the local distributor will receive a 15% discount (purchasers will need to enter the code SN1011 when they check out after they have finished shopping on the website).

8/19/11: Lolita, ou le tyran confondu

Didier Machu's brilliant, unconventional book on Lolita is a must for serious students of Nabokov's most famous novel.

7/25/11: Loving and Giving in The Gift

Jacqueline Hamrit discusses The Gift in terms of Derridean philosophy.

6/6/11: Nabokov's Cinematic Afterlife

In her new book, Ewa Mazierska presents critical studies of films based on Nabokov's works. Films discussed include Lolita (both Kubrick's 1962 and Lyne's 1997 versions), Richardson's Laughter in the Dark (1969), Skolimowski's King, Queen, Knave (1972), Fassbinder's Despair (1978), Foulon's Mademoiselle O (1994), Kuik's An Affair of Honor (1999), Gorris' The Luzhin Defence (2000), and Rohmer's The Triple Agent (2004). A final chapter discusses similarities between Nabokov and Jean-Luc Godard.

5/16/11: The True Life of Sebastian Knight

Gerard de Vries presents a provocative new reading of The Real Life of Sebastian Knight.

5/11/11: Wyllie on Nabokov

"Vladimir Nabokov presents a fascinating portrait of one of the twentieth century’s most eclectic, prolific and controversial authors. An essential read for anyone studying Nabokov, it will also appeal to readers interested in twentieth-century English and Russian literature."--from the Web site of Reaktion Books. Barbara Wyllie, Vladimir Nabokov (London: Reaktion Books, 2010).

5/4/11: Aux Origines de Laura

The Presses de la Sorbonne have just published a book on The Original of Laura by Yannicke Chupin and René Alladaye, with a preface by Maurice Couturier: Aux Origines de Laura, le dernier manuscrit de Nabokov. The table of contents is available here.

4/29/11: Sochinenie Nabokova

Sochinenie Nabokova, a new book by Gennady Barabtarlo, has been published by Izd-vo Ivana Limbakha. An online version of the preface is available here. The Table of Contents is here. A review and brief excerpt (in Russian) are available here. The book is (or soon will be) available from Setbook, Books.ru, Ozon.ru, and Petropol.com.

4/18/11: Ordering Revising Nabokov Revising

The Nabokov Society of Japan is accepting requests for copies of Revising Nabokov Revising, the proceedings of the Kyoto Nabokov International Conference March 24 – 27, 2010, published in English in paperback.

The cost is 4000 yen for one copy (about $49.00), including freight and money transfer costs. Please write to nbkvsj@gmail.com. Indicate how many copies you'd like and the address to which they should be sent.

You will receive a PayPal money request e-mail sent through the account of The Nabokov Society of Japan; please follow the instructions to complete the payment. Please do not pay by any other means. The book(s) will be sent to you by EMS, a fast and reliable airfreight service. Table of Contents available here as a PDF file.

3/4/11: Nabokov's Games of Worlds

In her new book, Monica Manolescu examines the concept of elsewhere in Nabokov's work and how his "games of worlds" emerge from the tension between the near and the distant and between real and invented spaces. Jeux de mondes. L'ailleurs chez Vladimir Nabokov, Presses Universitaires de Bordeaux, 2010.

1/26/11: Nabokov's American Novels

A new book by Márta Pellérdi examines the Anglo-American
literary tradition in Nabokov's novels: Nabokov's Palace: The American Novels (Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2010).

1/17/11: Sklyarenko on Ada

Alexey Sklyarenko offers another in his ongoing series of notes on Ada: "The Red Flower of Evil in Nabokov's Ada" (in Word format).

12/16/10: Lolita in Miranda

Issue #3 of Miranda, a multidisciplinary peer-reviewed journal on the English-speaking world, is dedicated to Lolita. The issue was edited by Marie Bouchet and is available online.

12/2/10: Nabokov and Morality Symposium

Michael Rodgers, a PhD student at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, will be holding a two-day symposium in early May 2011 entitled "Nabokov and Morality." Professor Michael Wood of Princeton University will be the keynote speaker. The call for papers (in Word format) is available here.

11/15/10: Nabokov Online Journal, Volume IV

The fourth issue of Nabokov Online Journal was made available on November 7, 2010. NOJ / NOZh: Nabokov Online Journal is a refereed multilingual electronic publication devoted to Nabokov studies. The Table of Contents for Volume IV is available here.

11/2/10: The Goalkeeper

The Goalkeeper: The Nabokov Almanac, edited by Yuri Leving, has just been published by Academic Studies Press. A trailer for the book is available on YouTube.

8/2/10: Naiman on Nabokov

In Nabokov, Perversely, Eric Naiman "explores the significance and consequences of Nabokov's insistence on bringing the issue of art's essential perversity to the fore."

8/2/10: Blackwell on Nabokov

Stephen H. Blackwell's 2009 book, The Quill and the Scalpel: Nabokov's Art and the Worlds of Science, "demonstrates how aesthetic sensibilities contributed to Nabokov’s scientific work, and how his scientific passions shape, inform, and permeate his fictions."

7/23/10: Sklyarenko on ADA

Alexey Sklyarenko offers another in his ongoing series of notes on Ada: "Nabokov's Anthropomorphic Zoo: The Leporine Family of Doctors in Ada" (in Word format).

6/21/10: Dostoyevsky and Nabokov

In her new book, Hommages satiriques à Dostoïevski dans l’œuvre de Nabokov, Chloé Deroy examines Nabokov's relationship to Dostoevsky.

6/21/10: Maxim D. Shrayer on Nabokov

Writer and Nabokov specialist Maxim D. Shrayer discusses his five favorite Nabokov books in an interview with FiveBooks.

6/9/10: Vladimir Nabokov, Icare russe et Phénix américain

A new collection of essays, directed by Chloé Deroy, has been published by Editions universitaires de Dijon.


2/8/10: Kaleidoscopic Nabokov

Kaleidoscopic Nabokov: Perspectives Françaises, edited by Lara Delage-Toriel et Monica Manolescu, has been published by Michel Houdiard Editeur. The book collects the papers presented at a conference held in Strasbourg, France in October 2008 (see entry below dated 9/29/08 for more information).


11/12/09: Nabokov's Writers

The Presses de l'université Paris-Sorbonne have just published a new book by Yannicke Chupin on the figure of the writer in Nabokov's works.

11/12/09: Blogging Reading Nabokov

Professor Patrick O'Donnell has begun a reading of Nabokov's novels in chronological order using a blog format.

11/10/09: Lolita and Laura

On February 26, 2010, the Université François-Rabelais de Tours will host a journée d'étude, organized by Chloé Deroy, on Lolita and The Original of Laura.

11/3/09: Hamrit on Lolita

Jacqueline Hamrit presents a paper on Lolita's subjectivity (Word format).

10/19/09: Lolita Conference in Toulouse

René Alladaye and Marie Bouchet have organized a conference on Lolita, the novel by Nabokov and the film by Stanley Kubrick, to be held October 23 at the Université de Toulouse. Visit the Web site for more information.

9/29/09: Sklyarenko on ADA

Alexey Sklyarenko offers another in his ongoing series of notes on Ada: "Eshche o kulakakh i nekotorykh drugikh chastiakh tela, upominaiushchikhsia v 'Ade' Nabokova" (in Russian; in Word format).

7/29/09: The Sublime Artist's Studio

Northwestern University Press has published a new book by Gavriel Shapiro, The Sublime Artist's Studio: Nabokov and Painting.

7/29/09: CFP: The Original of Laura

The editors of Nabokov Online Journal have issued a call for papers on The Original of Laura.

5/13/09: Transitional Nabokov

Edited by Will Norman and Duncan White, Transitional Nabokov, a book of essays on reading Nabokov's works as operating across linguistic, formal, historical, and national boundaries, has been published by Peter Lang.

5/13/09: French Scholars on Nabokov

A recent issue of La Revue LISA, an online journal published by the Université de Caen Basse-Normandie, includes three articles on Nabokov by Marie Bouchet, Yannicke Chupin, and Lara Delage-Toriel.

4/22/09: Nabokov Online Journal

The third issue of Nabokov Online Journal was made available on April 23, 2009. NOJ / NOZh: Nabokov Online Journal is a refereed multilingual electronic publication devoted to Nabokov studies. The Table of Contents for Volume III is available here.

4/17/09: Nabokov in Print

Nabokov bibliographer Michael Juliar has begun a blog devoted to Nabokov in print.

4/17/09: Nabokov First Editions

Robert K. Nelson has created a Web site devoted to his collection of Nabokov first editions.

2/6/09: More Sklyarenko on Ada

In these three essays, the indefatigable Alexey Sklyarenko discusses Ada as a mystical novel, the themes of Turgenev's life in Ada, and Ada as Nabokov's Antiutopia (file in English and in Word format).

2/6/09: Sklyarenko on Ada

In an ongoing series of notes on Ada, Alexey Sklyarenko discusses the name of Van's alma mater, Chose (article in English and in Word format).

2/3/09: Pale Fire Timeline Updated

Jerry Friedman has updated his timeline of Pale Fire that originally appeared on NABOKV-L.

2/2/09: International Nabokov Conference in Kyoto: UPDATE

The period for seeking participants has ended. See the updated page for more information.

11/11/08: Fourth International Nabokov Conference in St. Petersburg, Russia

On June 25-27, 2009 the St. Petersburg University Vladimir Nabokov Museum and the Russian Literature Department will hold its Fourth International Nabokov Conference at the Nabokov Museum--the former town house of the Nabokov family--in St Petersburg. For more information, see the announcement available here in Word format.

11/3/08: International Nabokov Conference in Kyoto: "Revising Nabokov Revising"

The Nabokov Society of Japan is pleased to announce that an International Nabokov Conference will be held in Kyoto from March 24 to 27, 2010. For more information, as well as an endorsement by Brian Boyd, see the full announcement.

9/29/08: Kaleidoscopic Nabokov

Lara Delage-Toriel and Monica Manolescu (Dept. of English, Université Marc Bloch) have organized a conference on Nabokov studies in France to be held October 17th-18th in Strasbourg. More information, including the list of presenters and a preview of an audio presentation, is available here.

9/19/08: Structure in Lolita

Jacqueline Hamrit examines structuralist and Derridean approaches to Lolita.

9/19/08: Lolita and Censorship

Ohio State University Press recently published The Artistic Censoring of Sexuality: Fantasy and Judgment in the Twentieth-Century Novel by Susan Mooney. The book includes a substantial chapter on Lolita and its scholarship, as well as discussion of the novel in the introduction and conclusion. The book can be previewed at the publisher's website.

9/2/08: Lolita in America

The New School's Department of Humanities will present a symposium on Lolita in America, Saturday, September 27, 2008, in New York City. See the symposium's Web site for information on the program, panelists, and registration.

4/24/08: Nabokov Online Journal

The second issue of Nabokov Online Journal is now available. NOJ / NOZh: Nabokov Online Journal is a refereed multilingual electronic publication devoted to Nabokov studies. The Table of Contents for Volume II is available here.

3/10/08: Skolimowski's King, Queen, Knave

Film scholar Ewa Mazierska examines Jerzy Skolimowski's film adaptation of King, Queen, Knave.

3/6/08: The Tragedy of Mr. Morn

A new Russian edition of Nabokov's plays and lectures on drama, annotated by Andrey Babikov, has been published by Azbuka. The book includes the early works Tragediia gospodina Morna (The Tragedy of Mr. Morn) and Chelovek iz SSSR (The Man from the USSR), as well as many previously unpublished documents and photographs: theater programs, actor's portraits, VN autographs, a theater sketch by Annenkov, and more.

2/12/08: Gerard de Vries on Pale Fire

Dutch Nabokov specialist Gerard de Vries discusses echoes of the Romantic Movement (with special reference to the Brocken, Scott, and Goethe) in Pale Fire.

2/11/08: Nabokov Seminar in Tours, France

Masters students at the Université François Rabelais, with Nabokov specialists from other universities, will be presenting a Nabokov seminar on March 7, 2008. The program for the seminar is available here in Rich Text Format.

12/11/07: Imagining Nabokov

Yale University Press has published a new book by Nina L. Khrushcheva entitled Imagining Nabokov: Russia Between Art and Politics.

12/1/07: Happy Birthday

Today is Zembla's 12th birthday.

11/14/07: New Book by Michael Glynn

Palgrave Macmillan has published Vladimir Nabokov: Bergsonian and Russian Formalist Influences in His Novels, by Michael Glynn.

9/5/07: Sklyarenko on Ada

In an ongoing series of Russian notes on Ada, Alexey Sklyarenko discusses Pushkin's "The Upas Tree" in the context of the novel, Ada as a charade novel, and the Night of the Burning Barn scene.(All articles in Word format.)

9/4/07: Couturier on Glory

Zembla is pleased to present an English translation of a chapter on Glory by Maurice Couturier from his book Nabokov ou la cruauté du désir: lecture psychanalytique.

8/15/07: Nabokov Online Journal

The first issue of Nabokov Online Journal is now available. NOJ / NOZh: Nabokov Online Journal is a new refereed multilingual electronic publication devoted to Nabokov studies. The Table of Contents for Issue #1 is available here.

6/1/07: Reading Pale Fire

Brian Walter explicates and diagrams the paths woven into Pale Fire by Kinbote's self-referential annotations.

6/1/07: Lolita, USA

Dieter E. Zimmer has created a geographical scrutiny of Nabokov's most famous book. The work-in-progress is available on his personal Web site.

5/15/07: A Pale Fire Timeline

Jerry Friedman has made available to Zembla his timeline of Pale Fire that originally appeared on NABOKV-L.

5/4/07: Sklyarenko on Ada

Alexey Sklyarenko offers two notes on Ada, the first on the two worlds and two truths of Terra and Antiterra (text in Russian, in Word format), the second on poison, Iagoda, and Gorky (text in Russian, in Word format).

5/4/07: Oxford Nabokov Conference

The schedule for the Oxford Nabokov Conference, to be held July 6-7, 2007, is available here in Word format. Also available is a registration form.

4/5/07: Lights and Darkness in Glory

Yuichi Isahaya examines patterns of lights and darkness in Glory/Podvig.

3/26/07: Censorship and Lolita

Elisabeth Ladenson's new book, Dirt for Art's Sake: Books on Trial from Madame Bovary to Lolita, includes a chapter devoted to Nabokov's most famous novel. For more about the book, see the Cornell University Press Web site.

3/13/07: Double Exposure

Tadashi Wakashima relates the vertiginous experience of translating Lolita into Japanese.

2/27/07: Arbitrary Signs and Symbols

Alexander N. Drescher offers an insightful new reading of "Signs and Symbols."

1/19/07: The Genealogy of Poshlost'

Alexey Sklyarenko describes a possible genealogy of poshlost'. (Essay in Russian, in Word format.)

1/16/07: April in St. Petersburg

The Nabokov Museum in St. Petersburg has a number of events planned for April 2007. For more information, see the Museum's Web site.

1/11/07: A Trip to Solliès-Pont

Gerard de Vries describes a delightful outing to Domaine de Beaulieu, an estate near Solliès-Pont, France, where Nabokov spent several weeks in 1923.

12/18/06: French Echoes in "Mademoiselle O"

Jacqueline Hamrit discusses the influence of the French language and French literature on "Mademoiselle O."

12/15/06: Nabokov Online Journal

NOJ / NOZh: Nabokov Online Journal is a new refereed bilingual electronic publication devoted to Nabokov studies. The journal will publish both English- and Russian-language scholarship. More information, and a call for papers for the inaugural issue, is available here (in Word format).

12/8/06: Call for Papers

An international conference entitled Transitional Nabokov will be held at the Rothermere American Institute, Oxford University, UK on 6th-7th July 2007. The call for papers (in Word format) is available here.

11/3/06: Nabokov Conference in Nice

Thanks to Ljuba Tarvi, Zembla presents photographs from the Third International Conference on Nabokov held in Nice, France, June 21-23, 2006.

11/3/06: VN Monument in Montreux

Valentin Blank presents three photographs of the VN monument in Montreux.

9/5/06: Face-Slapping

Alexey Sklyarenko offers a brief essay on face-slapping in Pushkin and Nabokov, with specific reference to Kamera obskura (article in Russian).

9/5/06: Intimations of Lo

Neil Cornwell discusses echoes of James Joyce's Ulysses in Lolita.

8/17/06: Nabokov Museum Web site

The Web site of the Nabokov Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia, was recently updated to include new material, including photographs of items in the collection and an electronic discussion forum for Nabokov enthusiasts.

7/7/06: Nabokov and the Art of Painting

Amsterdam University Press has published a book by Gerard de Vries and D. Barton Johnson entitled Nabokov and the Art of Painting. The authors examine the role of specific paintings in such novels as Lolita, Pnin and Ada, and analyze Nabokov’s arcane system of allusions and references between the literary and the pictorial arts, including existing and invented artists and paintings. The book is distributed in the US and Canada through the University of Chicago Press and in Europe through NBN International Ltd. It is available worldwide online at www.aup.nl.

2/10/06: Nabokov in 90 Minutes

Publisher Ivan R. Dee has published a book by Paul Strathern entitled Nabokov in 90 Minutes.

12/2/05: A Note on Pale Fire

Jansy Berndt de Souza Mello offers a note on art as a window to the hereafter.

12/1/05: Ten Years

Today is Zembla's 10th birthday.

11/11/05: Nabokov into Print

Painter and printmaker Alan Turnbull presents an online exhibit of etchings inspired by Nabokov's work.

11/11/05: Boyd on Nabokov

Brian Boyd's foreword to artist Jean Holabird's Vladimir Nabokov: Alphabet in Color is now available online.

10/12/05: What Happened to Sally Horner?

Alexander Dolinin reveals a real-life source for Lolita. His article describing the find, which originally appeared in the Times Literary Supplement, is reprinted here by permission of the author and the TLS.

10/7/05: ADAonline Text Complete

Thanks to the selfless and meticulous work of Aaron Bradford, Stephen Celis, Genevieve de Pont, Sergey Karpukhin, Prokopis Prokopidis, Ludger Tolksdorf, and D. Varè, the full text of Ada is now available online as part of ADAonline.

9/15/05: Blok's Dreams in Ada

Alexey Sklyarenko explains how the dreams of Russian poet Aleksandr Blok are enacted by Van Veen in Ada.

8/12/05: Reconsidering Mary

Akiko Nakata examines repetition and ambiguity in Nabokov's first novel.

7/21/05: Robert Frost and Pale Fire

Abraham P. Socher has uncovered a hidden source for the opening lines of the poem "Pale Fire." His article describing the find, which originally appeared in the Times Literary Supplement on July 1, 2005, is reprinted here by permission of the author and the TLS.

7/19/05: Pale Fire and Freud's Wolf-Man

David Cohen offers a provocative comparative reading of Pale Fire and Sigmund Freud's Case of the Wolf-Man.

6/24/05: Musical Analogies in The Defense

In an essay originally composed for a Virtual Nabokov online course, Alexander Drescher discusses musical themes in The Defense.

5/27/05: Nabokov's Lolita, 1955-2005

An exhibition curated by Yuri Leving at George Washington University's Gelman Library celebrates the 50th anniversary of the publication of Lolita. The exhibit features original prints of photographs of Nabokov by Swiss photographer Horst Tappe, rare English and Russian editions of Lolita, facsimiles of the index cards on which Lolita was composed, Nabokov's correspondence with his literary agents and publishers regarding the publication of Lolita in the mid-1950s, and a BBC Production documentary entited "Vladimir Nabokov: Great Writers of the 20th Century."

5/13/05: Hornick and Boyd on Pale Fire

Zembla presents an exchange between Neil Hornick and Brian Boyd on Pale Fire and The Prisoner of Zenda.

2/18/05: Nabokov Summer School 2005

From July 25 to August 3, 2005, the Vladimir Nabokov Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia will hold its Sixth International Summer School. Both the program announcement and application form are available here in Word format.

11/26/04: Signs and Symbols

In this essay about one of Nabokov's most discussed short stories, Alexander Dolinin decodes "Signs and Symbols."

8/17/04: Lolita and the Law

Susan Elizabeth Sweeney contributes an essay originally published in Punishment, Politics and Culture called "Executing Sentences in Lolita and the Law."

7/2/04: "Kickshaws and Motley"

Zembla is pleased to reprint Peter Lubin's magnificent essay on Nabokov's use of language, which originally appeared in Triquarterly in 1970.

5/17/04: Nabokov ou la cruauté du désir

In Nabokov ou la cruauté du désir : lecture psychanalytique (Seyssel: Champ Vallon, c2004), Maurice Couturier presents a provocative psychoanalytic reading of Nabokov's texts. Zembla presents Couturier's English translation of the Introduction to his new book.

5/6/04: Nabokov 101 Summer School

The Nabokov Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia is conducting its annual summer school on August 2-10, 2004. Both the course announcement and application form are available here in Word format.

4/27/04: ADAonline

Thanks to Dmitri Nabokov, the Nabokov Estate, and Vintage Books, the full text of Ada, along with extensive annotations by Brian Boyd, will be available on the Web. ADAonline currently includes Chapters 1-3.

10/16/03: "That in Aleppo Once..."

Alexander N. Drescher offers an essay on "That in Aleppo Once..." and Nabokov's response to Robert Louis Stevenson's ideas on the elements of literary style.

7/18/03: Botkin's Role

Josh Kaplan, a student at Princeton University, gives us his view of Botkin's problematic role in Pale Fire.

6/19/03: What Nabokov Read

Nabokov bibliographer Michael Juliar presents What Nabokov Read, an online database of annotations that is intended to be built collaboratively by Nabokov scholars and students worldwide.

4/29/03: Bouchet on Girlhood

In Zembla's second contribution in French, Marie C. Bouchet discusses girls and girlhood in Nabokov's fiction.

4/1/03: Nabokov 101

On August 4-12, 2003, the Nabokov Museum in St. Petersburg will hold its International Summer School. Courses will be conducted at the Nabokov Museum located at 47 Bolshaya Morskaya Street, the place Vladimir Nabokov described as "the only house in the world." The teachers this year will be Prof. Julian Connolly and Prof. Alexander Dolinin.

3/31/03: Rewritten Rewritten Nabokov

In 1989 French writer Jean Lahougue published "La ressemblance," a clever rewriting of Nabokov's Despair. (See Nabokov Studies, vol. 2, 1995, for an English translation of the tale.) Les Impressions Nouvelles in Paris has just published a new edition of "La ressemblance," followed by "La feintise," by Jeff Edmunds. If "La ressemblance" is a rewriting of Despair, "La feintise" can be considered a rewriting of "La ressemblance," or rather its erasure. See the Web site of Les Impressions Nouvelles for more information.

3/19/03: New Nabokov Biography

Overlook Press has just published Vladimir Nabokov, an illustrated biography by Jane Grayson, featuring over one hundred rare images, many in color. For more information, see the Overlook Press's Web site.

1/17/03: Subscribe to The Nabokovian

Subscribing to The Nabokovian provides membership in The International Vladimir Nabokov Society. Edited by Stephen Jan Parker, Secretary/Treasurer of the IVNS, The Nabokovian is an invaluable resource for anyone interested in Nabokov studies. Subscription information and an index to back issues are available in Zembla.

10/28/02: Five Notes on Nabokov's Works

Yuri Leving offers five notes on Nabokov's works. These notes originally appeared in The Nabokovian.

9/27/02: Lolita: A Casebook

A new book of essays on Lolita, edited by Ellen Pifer, is to be published in October 2002 by Oxford University Press.

6/28/02: Couturier on Lolita

In its first French contribution, Zembla presents the text of a talk given by Maurice Couturier at the Nabokov Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia, in the spring of 2001.

5/29/02: Boyd on Nabokov's Ada

Cybereditions (www.cybereditions.com) has just issued a paperback edition of Brian Boyd's Nabokov's Ada.

4/19/02: Babikov on The Event

Andrey Babikov discusses Nabokov's signature on the canvas of his play The Event (Sobytiia) (article in Russian).

4/16/02: Skeletons in the Closet

Whatever happened to the Nabokovs' boxing and fencing coach? A. Sklepikov knows and provided Zembla with this exclusive report.

3/19/02: Dolorous Laughter

Eric Lemay offers a secular sermon on Lolita stylized after the Puritan form of the 17th and 18th centuries.

2/22/02: Nabokov 101 Web site

The organizers of Nabokov 101, the International Summer School to be held in St. Petersburg, Russia, have prepared and launched a Web site for the course.

12/19/01: Kinbote in America

In Chapter 10 of Silvery Light, Charles Kinbote, peripatetic biographer, arrives in America.

12/12/01: Nabokov Symposium in St. Petersburg

On July 15-19, 2002, the Nabokov Museum in St. Petersburg will hold its first international Nabokov Symposium. Click here for more information.

10/5/01: The Inspiration for Lolita

Nabokov bibliographer Michael Juliar offers an intriguing note about a long-standing Nabokov mystery: the inspiration for Lolita.

9/14/01: Maxim D. Shrayer responds to N. Mel'nikov

The Russian literary journal Novoe literaturnoe obozrenie recently published a negative review of Maxim D. Shrayer's book Nabokov: temy i variatsii [Nabokov: themes and variations], taking particular issue with Shrayer's treatement of the Jewish theme in Nabokov's work. Shrayer responds here to Mel'nikov's review [in Russian].

7/17/01: Updated Guide to Nabokov's Butterflies

Dieter E. Zimmer's invaluable Guide to Nabokov's Butterflies and Moths, excerpts of which appear in Zembla, has been updated and much expanded. See Zimmer's home page for more information.

6/7/01: A Resolved Discord

Gennady Barabtarlo, Pnin's most thorough annotator and explicator, has generously allowed Zembla to reproduce an essay on Pnin that originally appeared in the author's Aerial View: Essays on Nabokov's Art and Metaphysics.

5/18/01: Nabokov and Kholodkovskii

Victor Fet offers his poem "Íàáîêîâ è Õîëîäêîâñêèé" (in Russian).

4/17/01: The Informing of the Soul

An article by Gennady Barabtarlo on Invitation to a Beheading has been added to the Criticism section of Zembla.

3/28/01: Nabokov Reads

Zembla's RealAudio server has been upgraded, and the RealAudio files of Nabokov reading are now available.

3/9/01: A New Blue

Kurt Johnson reports on Plebejus fyodor, a Blue butterfly recently discovered in China by Y. F. Hsu.

3/2/01: Vladimir Nabokov: Sein Leben in Bildern und Texten

Vladimir Nabokov: Sein Leben in Bildern und Texten, compiled by Daniela Rippl, was recently published by Alexander Fest Verlag.

2/27/01: The Luzhin Defense

The Luzhin Defense, directed by Marleen Gorris and starring John Turturro and Emily Watson, is scheduled for release in April in the U.S.

12/21/00: The World of Nabokov's Stories

Maxim D. Shrayer's 1999 book The World of Nabokov's Stories, named an Outstanding Academic Book by Choice magazine and called "a brilliant reading of Nabokov's stories" by the Review of Contemporary Fiction, is now available in paperback. See the University of Texas Press site for more information.

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