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Solus Rex: Die schöne böse Welt des Vladimir Nabokov

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On the eve of the controversial, posthumous publication of The Original of Laura, Michael Maar follows his critically acclaimed The Two Lolitas with a revealing new perspective on Vladimir Nabokov s life and work. Hunting down long-hidden clues in the novels, and using the themes that run through Nabokov s fiction to illuminate the life that produced them, Maar constructs ...more
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published September 2007 by Berlin Verlag
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Jim Coughenour
Jan 10, 2010 Jim Coughenour rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who loves Nabokov
I came across this book by chance last week, with its handsome design and wordplay on the title of Nabokov's memoir. (Its original German title is more intriguing: Solus Rex. Die schöne böse Welt des Vladimir Nabokov.) Almost immediately my interest sparked. Maar writes with a quality of passion, critical intelligence and erudition that has no need to advertise itself; it's evident in every sentence and footnote.

Here he engages the riddle of Nabokov, whose novels famously lend themselves to endl
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Dorian
Jun 27, 2010 Dorian rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Certainly more compelling than Maar's earlier book on Nabokov (The Two Lolitas) but bedeviled by the same key problem, namely that it fails to answer its own central question. Maar rightly wants to know: What does it mean to interpret Nabokov? What does it mean to get lost in the thickets of his prose, when he has so self-consciously thought about interpretation as a difficulty? How can we write and think about Nabokov without succumbing to the thought that we can unravel or find a key to the wo ...more
Mark Van Aken Williams
In "Speak, Nabokov," Michael Maar gives us literary criticism that digs into the fiction of Vladimir Nabokov like a cabalist seeking out the hidden truths. Because we are led to believe that Nabokov is so intelligent, absolutely everything in his fiction is detail and put there on purpose. Nothing is left to chance. And Maar, combining biography with the fiction, also combines different people in Nabokov’s life with the persons that inhabit the fiction. But what of the author is in here? To me, ...more
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A slender volume, but recommended to Nabokov fanatics.
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is a German literary scholar and author.

For his 1995 doctoral dissertation on Thomas Mann, titled Geister und Kunst, he was awarded the Johann Heinrich Merck Prize by the Deutsche Akademie für Sprache und Dichtung. He was himself elected a member of the academy in 2002. He was a Fellow of the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin from 1997 to 1998, and Visiting Professor at Stanford University in 2002. Fr
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