Vladimir Nabokov

Vladimir Nabokov

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Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov, also known by the pen name Vladimir Sirin was a Russian-American novelist and entomologist.
Born in St. Petersburg, Russia in 1899, his first nine novels were in Russian, and he achieved international prominence after he began writing English prose.
Nabokov's Lolita (1955), his most noted novel in English, was ranked fourth in the list of the Modern Library 100 Best Novels; Pale Fire (1962) was ranked 53rd on the same list, and his memoir, Speak, Memory (1951), was listed eighth on the publisher's list of the 20th century's greatest nonfiction.
He was a finalist for the National Book Award for Fiction seven times.
Nabokov, like his wife, his son and several characters in his novels, was a synesthete.
He was also an expert lepidopterist and composer of chess problems.
He died in Montreux, Switzerland in 1977.