Nabokov's Butterflies (Penguin modern classics non-fiction)

9780141184807: Nabokov's Butterflies (Penguin modern classics non-fiction)

NABOKOV'S BUTTERFLIES is the definitive book on the writer's life and art, chronicling his love for butterflies through an extraordinary cornucopia of textual and illustrative material. Chronologically organised, the collection offers a mountain of unique and extrardinary material and comment. Readers whose love of Nabokov is rooted in his vivid imagery and amazing eye for detail will find the notes, letters and extracts in this volume packed full of the same qualities.

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The ultimate book on the twin passions of his life--literature and lepidoptera. In 1999 Martin Amis called Nabokov his novelist of the century. By virtue of his literary renown, Nabokov was also the famous lepidopterist of his time, and over the last decade his research papers have been rediscovered, developed, acclaimed and honoured by scientists on four continents. Now, even newly discovered Amazonian species are being named after his fictional characters.

Nabokov's Butterflies is a unique and extraordinary collection which presents the great writer's lifelong passion for literature and butterflies through a vast array of material. Spanning nearly 60 years of Nabokov's writing and research, the volume brings together poems, stories, extracts from novels, memoirs, scientific papers, letters and notes, interspersed with a wealth of beautiful and fanciful drawings by Nabokov and photographs of him in the field.

Here for the first time, translated from the Russian by Dimitri Nabokov, is Nabokov's most exciting blend of literature and lepidoptera, a 40-page afterword to The Gift. Alongside it are scores of fascinating and intimate letters to his mother, wife, colleagues and friends; the sui generis scientific talks he delivered: an intriguing entomological tale "The Admirable Anglewing"; a taste of the prodigious work he expended on Butterflies of Europe; and a dozen poems newly translated from the Russian. All this and much, much more will delight and enthral all lovers of things Nabokvian.

The publication of Nabokov's Butterflies is a unique and unprecedented literary event, celebrating both the magical variety of his art and his notable achievements in the scientific field.


' Nabakov's Butterflies is handsome, and beautifully presented and printed, with wonderful colour prints of Nabakov's drawings, as well as some fascinating black-and-white illustrations. There are countless delights here...' -- John Bainville, The Irish Times

'A meticulous and beautifully produced read.' -- New Scientist

'Hardly a page passes without some strangely beautiful juxtaposition of the technical and the poetic.' -- Jonathon Bate, The Sunday Telegraph

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