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.
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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.