The Enchanter

The Enchanter

An Adventure in the Land of Nabokov


Plunging into the enchanted and luminous worlds of Speak, Memory, Ada, or Ardor; and the infamous Lolita, Lila Azam 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 Russian childhood, his European sojourns, the landscapes of 'his' America, hallucinates an interview and seeks the 'crunch of happiness' in Vladimir Nabokov's singular vocabulary. This rhapsodic and beautifully illuminated book, which includes such fans as Salman Rushdie and Orhan Pamuk, will lure the innocent reader to a well of delights.


  • A lucid and joyful account of the great master's art, written with all the playfulness that the subject deserves. Very delightful.
    Orhan Pamuk

About the author

Lila Azam Zanganeh

Lila Azam Zanganeh is an Iranian-French writer. She is the author of The Enchanter: Nabokov and Happiness and edited a volume of essays by Iranian writers, My Sister Guard Your Veil, My Brother Guard Your Eyes. She was a member of the jury for the 2017 Man Booker Prize for fiction.
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