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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (387 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Stacy Schiff Narrator: Anna Fields Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Hailed by critics as monumental (Boston Globe) and utterly romantic (New York magazine), Véra, the story of Mrs. Vladimir Nabokov, brings to shimmering life one of the greatest literary love stories of our time. Vladimir Nabokov, author of Lolita, Pale Fire, and Speak, Memory, wrote his books first for himself and secondly for his wife.

Set in prewar Europe and postwar America and spanning much of the 20th century, this telling of the Nabokov's 52-year marriage reads as vividly as a novel. Véra, both beautiful and brilliant, is its outsized heroine, a woman who loves as deeply and intelligently as did the great romantic heroines of Austen and Tolstoy. Stacy Schiff's Véra is a triumph of the biographical form. Download and start listening now!


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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by kissmyshades | 2/18/2014

    " lovely & amazing couple. stacy schiff is also great, clearly knows her nabokov! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by John | 2/11/2014

    " A thoroughly engaging biography. The author has created an entirely convincing world, obviously the world that she believes Vera Nabokov inhabited. We'll never know, of course, but I'm willing to suspend disbelief - for the moment at least - because Schiff is so skilled in marshalling, presenting and interpreting biograqphical detail in order to reveal her sense of Vera's personality, her beliefs, feelings, preferences, annoyances, and so on. Schiff suppresses any misgivings she may have felt at the sort of life Vera chose for herself - the extraordinarily capable and devoted assistant to a man whom Vera believed to be the most gifted writer of the 20th century. In her role as biographer Schiff is quite careful to portray her subject in the world her subject constructed and inhabited, and seems to avoid intruding into that world or judging a life she hasn't lived. I understand, of course, that objectivity in such endeavors can't and doesn't exist, but Schiff's gifts as a biographer include her ability to eliminate the traces and tracks of herself that other, less gifted biographers would have left to subvert the credibility of their work. I note that as far as I can tell after one reading there is nothing in Schiff's biography that controverts anything in Boyd's two-volume biography of Vladimir N. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Gayle | 2/10/2014

    " LOVED this book....The author won a pulitzer prize - and deserves it! Stacy Schiff has an elegant touch in this biography of a difficult subject, the wife of Vladimir Nabokov (Lolita) She spent her life trying to stay in the shadows - She and Vladimir were happily married for over 50 years, and both left Russia (st. petersburg) during the pogroms, and then had to leave their newly adopted city, Berlin, when Hilter rose in power (Vera was jewish) This book is a wonderful look at part of the history of the early l900s in Russia and Germany, and the 50's in the USA where they lived for many years. It is a remarkable book about two brilliant, complicated people and their son....and of Russian emmigrants to the USA....and all that meant....She dedicated her life to his "genius" and she was an amazing translator and businesswoman, and spoke over 6 languages - in addition to taking complete care of him....They never owned a home, moved all the time, and caught butterflies in their spare time...:) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Tara | 2/4/2014

    " Stacy Schiff is a good writer but ugh! I didn't care about either of these people. On and on and on about his writing and her editing. There was no love story here. I was glad when they died. "

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