Monday, March 28, 2016

American Library in Paris presents: Robert Roper, Nabokov in America

Vladimir Nabokov 1969b.jpg
Vladimir Nabokov, Montreux, October 1969.
By Giuseppe Pino (Mondadori Publishers)

This Wednesday, March 30th, 2016 at 19:30, ALP presents Robert Roper speaking on his book, Nabokov in America: On the Road to Lolita. 

Michiko Kakutani in the New York Times review says, "Mr. Roper does an expert job of tracing Nabokov's summertime peregrinations about the west and their translation into the pointillist descriptions of Humbert and Lolita's travels in 'Lolita' (which Christopher Isherwood once called 'the best travel book ever written about America.'")

Lidija Haas in her Guardian review says, "Nabokov liked all sorts of things about his adopted country, its trashy cultural ephemera as well as its natural beauty, its openness but also its odd conservatism in which he perhaps sensed a different kind of opportunity ('what charms me personally about American civilisation,' he wrote to his agent before the move, 'is exactly that old-world touch, that old-fashioned something which clings to it despite the hard glitter, and hectic nightlife, and up-to-date bathrooms'). His delight in it is beguiling, as is the image Roper offers of him as a particular kind of immigrant." 

Roper is the author of several other books including his fiction novels: The Savage Professor, The Trespassers, Mexico Days, On Spider Creek, Royo County Tales, Cuervo Tales, In Caverns of Blue Ice. His other books include: Now the Drum of War and Fatal Mountaineer.

His work has also appeared in The New York Times, The LA Times, National Geographic, Outside, Men's Journal, Rock and Ice, Climbing and The American Scholar.

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