No marriage of a massive 20th-century author is somewhat as beguiling as that of Vladimir Nabokov’s to Véra Slonim. She shared his pride On the attraction of existence’s trifles and literature’s treasures, and he rated her as having the most efficient and fastest humorousness of any girl he had met. From their first come upon in 1923, Vladimir’s letters to Véra chronicle a part-century-lengthy love tale, one that may be playful, romantic, and noteworthy. On the similar time, the letters monitor so much approximately their writer. We see the infectious fascination with which Vladimir seen the whole thing—animals, other people, speech, landscapes and cityscapes—and glimpse his ceaseless paintings on his poems, performs, tales, novels, memoirs, screenplays, and translations. This pleasant quantity is improved by way of twenty-one pictures, in addition to facsimiles of the letters and the puzzles and drawings Vladimir frequently despatched to Véra.
With 8 pages of pictures and 47 illustrations in text