Stacy Schiff – Vra

Pulitzer Prize, Biography/Autobiography, 2000

Hailed by critics as “monumental” ( Boston Globe) and “utterly romantic” ( New York magazine), Vra, the story of Mrs. Vladimir Nabokov, brings to shimmering life one of the greatest literary love stories of our time. Vladimir Nabokov, author of Lolita, Pale Fire, and Speak, Memory, wrote his books first for himself and secondly for his wife.

Set in prewar Europe and postwar America and spanning much of the 20th century, this telling of the Nabokov’s 52-year marriage reads as vividly as a novel. Vra, both beautiful and brilliant, is its outsized heroine, a woman who loves as deeply and intelligently as did the great romantic heroines of Austen and Tolstoy. Stacy Schiff’s Vra is a triumph of the biographical form.

Author: Stacy Schiff
Narrator: Anna Fields
Duration: 18 hours 13 minutes
Released: 9 May 2011
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Language: English

User Review:

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I’m often fascinated by the woman behind the creative genius, and this book was no exception.

Wife and literary partner/agent of Vladimir Nabokov, Vera’s life story and the portrait of their marriage was fascinating, even if a little tough to believe at times.