NABOKV-L post 0017234, Fri, 31 Oct 2008 11:30:31 -0400

SIGHTING: Nina Khrushcheva imagines Nabokov
Clifford forwards this profile of Nina Khrushcheva:

Nina Khrushcheva imagines Nabokov

Nina Khrushcheva is a Russian writer and academic who proudly labels
herself a foreigner.

She lives in New York City, from where she gazes at her country of
birth, studying and writing about where it's been and where it's

Nina Khrushcheva is well placed to have some views about Russia's past;
she's the great-granddaughter of Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev.

And Nina believes the man who holds a road map for Russia's future is
another émigré writer who lived in America -- Vladimir Nabokov.

She's recently written a book called Imagining Nabokov: Russia Between
Art and Politics, in which she entwines the life and works of the
renowned novelist with her own views and reactions to his words.

The ABC's Moscow correspondent Scott Bevan spoke with Nina Khrushcheva
in her adopted city and she began by explaining that as she read
Nabokov's books The Luzhin Defense, Lolita and particularly Speak,
Memory she started to see how his writing could serve as a guide to how
to be Russian in these changing times.


Nina L. Khrushcheva
Associate Professor in the Graduate Program of International Affairs at
The New School and senior fellow of the World Policy Institute. She is
also an editor of and a contributor to Project Syndicate: Association of
Newspapers Around the World. Her articles have appeared in The Los
Angeles Times, The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Nation, The
Wall Street Journal, International Herald Tribune, Financial Times and
other international publications.

Title: Imagining Nabokov: Russia Between Art and Politics
Author: Nina Khrushcheva
Publisher: Yale University Press
ISBN: 9780300108866

Scott Bevan


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