Vladimir Nabokov,was born 114 years ago today.
And most probably he is still playing scrabble with Ada&Van (Ada or Ardor) somewhere in Antiterra and chasing butterflies.
And although Lolita (adapted to film by Kubrick on 1962) is his most famous book, the one I adore is Ada or Ardor.
Ada or Ardor is more than reading a book. It likes making a puzzle where the image constantly changes , like playing a scramble game where you can create and use nonexistent words, like trying to solve a mystery case(who stole the blue butterfly?),like a fairy tale. And as Nabokov declared ”Great novels are great fairy tales” .
But Nabokov was not only a writer. As a young man he was an eager boxer, an excellent tennis and chess player, a poet (I see a radiant cloud, I see a rooftop glisten/like a mirror, far away…I listen/to breathing shade, light’s stillicide…) and most of all a passionate lepidopterist.
Nabokov collected and studied butterflies and he developed ways of classifying them, based on differences in their genital. The genus of butterflies Nabokovia is named in his honor.