Search results for tag: Nabokov

Rachel DeWoskin, author of Big Girl Small, answers Ten Terrifying Questions

The Booktopia Book Guru asks Rachel DeWoskin author of Big Girl Small Ten Terrifying Questions ————————— 1.To begin with why don’t you tell us a little bit about yourself – where were you born? Raised? Schooled? I was born in Kyoto, Japan, because my parents were adventurous academics, there studying and teaching. I spent my infancy sl... Read more

by | April 23, 2011

Changing My Mind by Zadie Smith – Reviewed by Kylie Ladd

Zadie Smith is one of those writers other writers love to hate. Not for her the years of unpublished obscurity, the endless tweaking of the query letter, the rejection after rejection after rejection that the rest of us tell ourselves is an unavoidable and indeed vital component of becoming a novelist. Instead, Smith was offered a publishing contract for her first novel on the basis of some sho... Read more

by | February 18, 2011

Penguin: The Mini Modern Classics Box Set

Call me a nerd, I don’t care. This boxed set of 50 Mini Modern Classics has to be the sexiest thing I have seen for years. Order the box – here – or order the titles individually – here To celebrate our 50th anniversary Penguin are publishing 50 Mini Modern Classics: the best short fiction by the greatest writers of the last century – from Beckett to Kafka, Nabokov... Read more

by | February 4, 2011

Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov (A review by John Purcell)

Lolita is a book which both gains and suffers from a reputation for being immoral. It suffers because many people purchase the book for the wrong reasons. They buy it for the smut. The truth is, there is no smut. But Lolita gains, too. How so? Works of great literary merit are seldom best sellers – they seldom make it onto the shelf of the average reader. Without its bad reputation, its r... Read more

by | May 11, 2010