A dying man cautiously unravels the mysteries of memory and creation. Vadim is a Russian emigre who, like Nabokov, is a novelist, poet and critic. There are threads linking the fictional hero with his creator as he reconstructs the images of his past from young love to his serious illness.
This is my favorite book OF ALL. I have read it at least five times. It has rich, beautiful prose, and is funny without cruelty. It is everything wonderful about Nabokov. I adore this little book. It has the most wonderful first sentence of a book EVER! Better even than Anna Karinin. Please ignore the nickname, which is a reference to our local library and my job in family practice all in one.