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Nabokov and the Art of Painting [Paperback]

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Item description for Nabokov and the Art of Painting by Gerard De Vries, Donald B. Johnson, Liana Ashenden & Gerard De Vries...

"Sounds have colors and colors have smells." This sentence in Adais only one of the many moments in Nabokov's work where he sought to merge the visual into his rich and sensual writing. This lavishly illustrated study is the first to examine the role of the visual arts in Nabokov's oeuvre and to explore how art deepens the potency of the prominent themes threaded throughout his work.

The authors trace the role of art in Nabokov's life, from his alphabetic chromesthesia---a psychological condition in which letters evoke specific colors---to his training under Marc Chagall's painting instructor to his deep admiration for Leonardo da Vinci and Hieronymus Bosch. They then examine over 150 references to specific works of art in such novels as Laughter in the Dark, The Real Life of Sebastian Knight, Pnin, Lolita, Ada, and Pale Fire and consider how such references reveal new emotional aspects of Nabokov's fiction.

A fascinating and wholly original study, Nabokov and the Art of Painting will be invaluable reading for scholars and enthusiasts of Nabokov alike.

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Studio: Amsterdam University Press
Pages   223
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 6.5" Height: 9.5"
Weight:   1.3 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Apr 1, 2006
Publisher   Amsterdam University Press
ISBN  9053567909  
ISBN13  9789053567906  

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More About Gerard De Vries, Donald B. Johnson, Liana Ashenden & Gerard De Vries

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Gerard de Vries's writings on Nabokov have appeared in "Russian Literature Triquarterly, "Nabokov Studies, "Revue de Litterature Comparee, and "The Nabokovian. Donald Barton Johnson is professor emeritus of Russian at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is the author of "Worlds in Regression: Some Novels of Vladimir Nabokov. Liana Ashenden is a researcher who studies Bosch.

Gerard De Vries was born in 1948.

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