With sly sophistication and ebullient charm, Lila Azam Zanganeh shares the intoxication of delirious joy to be found in reading - in particular, in reading the masterpieces of 'the great writer of happiness' Vladimir Nabokov.
Plunging into the enchanted and luminous worlds of Speak, Memory; Ada, or Ardor; and the infamous Lolita, Zanganeh seeks out the Nabokovian experience of time, memory, sexual passion, nature, loss, love in all its forms, language in all its allusions. She explores his geography - his Russian childhood, his European sojourns, the landscapes of 'his' America - suffers encounters with his beloved 'nature' hallucinates an interview with the master, and seeks the 'crunch of happiness' in his singular vocabulary. This rhapsodic and beautifully illuminated book will both reignite the passion of experienced lovers of Nabokov's work, and lure the innocent reader to a well of delights.
Lila Azam Zanganeh was born in Paris to Iranian parents. Her family returned to Tehran but were forced to flee from the Islamic revolution when she was still a baby. She grew up in Paris and moved to the United States at the age of 22 to teach literature, cinema and Romance languages at Harvard University. In 2006, she edited a book of essays about cultural life in contemporary Iran: My Sister, Guard Your Veil; My Brother, Guard Your Eyes, which was translated in several languages and won two prizes.