Nabokov and Nietzsche: Problems and Perspectives

Author:   Michael Rodgers (Open University, UK)
Publisher:   Bloomsbury Publishing Plc
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Pages:   192
Publication Date:   31 October 2019
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Author:   Michael Rodgers (Open University, UK)
Publisher:   Bloomsbury Publishing Plc
Imprint:   Bloomsbury Academic USA
ISBN:  

9781501359132


ISBN 10:   1501359134
Pages:   192
Publication Date:   31 October 2019
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Tertiary & Higher Education
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   Manufactured on demand   Availability explained
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Nabokov and Nietzsche: Problems and Perspectives is the first in-depth examination of the relationship between Vladimir Nabokov's writing and Friedrich Nietzsche's philosophy. Rodgers delivers on his promise to provide an interesting contribution that covers an existing lacuna in the Nabokov studies. His book is engaging reading for all those interested in the history of ideas and in the adoption of philosophical concepts by modernist literature. * Yuri Leving, Professor of Russian Literature and Film, Dalhousie University, Canada * Michael Rodgers' study, initiated by his discovery of Zarathustra on a book list compiled by Nabokov in Bolshevik Russia in 1918, constructs an engaging and compelling argument for the validity of reading Nabokov in the light of Nietzschean thought. Through its lively and insightful analysis of Nabokov's fiction, criticism and auto/biography, set against the principal tenets of Nietzsche's philosophy-eternal recurrence, the fluidity of truth and the UEbermensch-Nabokov and Nietzsche enriches our responses both to problematic issues of transgression, alienation and discomfort across Nabokov's work, and to fundamental questions of morality and metaphysics. * Barbara Wyllie, University College London, UK, author of Nabokov at the Movies and Vladimir Nabokov (Critical Lives) * Nabokov was certainly influenced by Nietzsche because almost every European writer in his generation was, but this subtle and intelligent book takes us far beyond the question of direct debt. A series of astute readings of key moments in Nabokov's work suggests that his achievement was the creation not of bliss, as he said, or of pure art or indirect morality, but of a complex `uneasiness' that is the artistic measure of the unsettled world Nietzsche set us on the path to understanding. * Michael Wood, Professor Emeritus of English, Princeton University, USA *


Nabokov and Nietzsche identifies a new, previously unexamined and capaciously illuminating intellectual context for the writings and opinions of this emigre Russian novelist turned international celebrity, even as it provides a wide range of insights into contemporary Nabokov criticism. * The Russian Review * Offers a much richer and more complex engagement with Nabokov and Nietzsche, as [Roger's] book exemplifies the productive ways literature and philosophy can be read together, can reflect but, more importantly, challenge each other ... Well organized. * Slavonic and East European Review * Nabokov and Nietzsche: Problems and Perspectives is the first in-depth examination of the relationship between Vladimir Nabokov's writing and Friedrich Nietzsche's philosophy. Rodgers delivers on his promise to provide an interesting contribution that covers an existing lacuna in the Nabokov studies. His book is engaging reading for all those interested in the history of ideas and in the adoption of philosophical concepts by modernist literature. * Yuri Leving, Professor of Russian Literature and Film, Dalhousie University, Canada * Michael Rodgers' study, initiated by his discovery of Zarathustra on a book list compiled by Nabokov in Bolshevik Russia in 1918, constructs an engaging and compelling argument for the validity of reading Nabokov in the light of Nietzschean thought. Through its lively and insightful analysis of Nabokov's fiction, criticism and auto/biography, set against the principal tenets of Nietzsche's philosophy-eternal recurrence, the fluidity of truth and the UEbermensch-Nabokov and Nietzsche enriches our responses both to problematic issues of transgression, alienation and discomfort across Nabokov's work, and to fundamental questions of morality and metaphysics. * Barbara Wyllie, University College London, UK, author of Nabokov at the Movies and Vladimir Nabokov (Critical Lives) * Nabokov was certainly influenced by Nietzsche because almost every European writer in his generation was, but this subtle and intelligent book takes us far beyond the question of direct debt. A series of astute readings of key moments in Nabokov's work suggests that his achievement was the creation not of bliss, as he said, or of pure art or indirect morality, but of a complex `uneasiness' that is the artistic measure of the unsettled world Nietzsche set us on the path to understanding. * Michael Wood, Professor Emeritus of English, Princeton University, USA *


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Michael Rodgers is Associate Lecturer in English Literature at the Open University, UK. He is co-editor, with Susan Elizabeth Sweeney, of Nabokov and the Question of Morality: Aesthetics, Metaphysics and the Ethics of Fiction (2016).

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