The Enchanter|Lila Azam Zanganeh
The Enchanter : Nabokov and Happiness
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The protagonist of Vladimir Nabokov's The Gift playfully dreamed of writing A Practical Handbook: How to Be Happy. Now, Nabokov's own creative reader Lila Azam Zanganeh lends life to this vision with sly sophistication and ebullient charm, as she shares the delirious joy to be found in reading the masterpieces of the great writer of happiness.

Plunging into the enchanted and luminous worlds of Speak, Memory; Ada, or Ardor; and the infamous Lolita, Azam Zanganeh seeks out the Nabokovian experience of time, memory, sexual passion, nature, loss, love in all its forms, and language in all its allusions. She explores Nabokov's geography-from his Russian childhood to the landscapes of his America-suffers encounters with his beloved nature, hallucinates an interview with the master, and seeks the crunch of happiness in his singular vocabulary. This beautifully illuminated book will both reignite the passion of experienced Nabokovians and lure the innocent reader to a well of delights as yet unseen.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780393079920
  • ISBN-10: 0393079929
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
  • Publish Date: May 2011
  • Dimensions: 8 x 5.6 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.85 pounds
  • Page Count: 256