Vladimir Nabokov World Literature Analysis - Essay

Vladimir Nabokov World Literature Analysis

(Masterpieces of World Literature, Critical Edition)

Nabokov was often praised as a master of language and style but criticized for a perceived absence of general ideas, social relevance, and even morality in his novels. Russian literature has always had a strong moral, social, and political orientation. At times, this didactic tendency has overshadowed and even displaced the artistic element. First in his novel The Gift and later in a collection of interviews, Strong Opinions (1973), Nabokov argued for the independence of art. This is not to say that Nabokov did not incorporate serious ideas and moral considerations in his art, but rather that they are secondary to artistic considerations. Such themes are deeply woven into the texture of his works so that only the...

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