Contents: Structural and thematic analysis of imagery in Nabokov's Russian works of the 1930s and in their English translations - Issues covered: the development of the artist's mind and skills - The role of sense perceptions and memory - The relationship between art and nature and between art and ideology - The role of art in man's struggle to understand life and death.
The Author: Nassim W. Berdjis, born in Vienna (Austria) in 1966, completed her high school education in Hofheim (Taunus, Germany) in 1985. Having studied at the Johannes Gutenberg-Universitaet in Mainz and at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA, she received her M.A. and her Ph.D. in American Studies, Russian Studies, and Mass Media Research from the Johannes Gutenberg-Universitaet. She is currently teaching in the English Department of that university.
Berdjis has produced a comprehensive and valuable source of reference and information, offering a multitude of starting points for further consideration, and a method by which to gain access to the most elusive and complex aspects of Nabokov's art. (Barbara Wyllie, The Slavonic Review)