Gift, The

Genre: Fiction

Gift, The

Performed by:
Stefan Rudnicki

The Gift is the last of the novels Nabokov wrote in his native language and the crowning achievement of that period in his literary career. It is also his ode to Russian literature, evoking the works of Pushkin, Gogol, and others in the course of its narrative: the story of Fyodor Godunov-Cherdyntsev, an impoverished émigré poet living in Berlin, who dreams of the book he will someday write — a book very much like The Gift itself. One of the twentieth century’s master prose stylists, Vladimir Nabokov was born in St. Petersburg in 1899. He studied French and Russian literature at Trinity College, Cambridge, then lived in Berlin and Paris, where he launched a brilliant literary career. In 1940 he moved to the United States, and achieved renown as a novelist, poet, critic, and translator. He taught literature at Wellesley, Stanford, Cornell, and Harvard. In 1961 he moved to Montreux, Switzerland, where he died in 1977. “Nabokov writes prose the only way it should be written, that is, ecstatically.” — John Updike

Unabridged recording:
Run time: 16 hours
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Author
Vladimir Nabokov

Biography:
Vladimir Nabokov studied French and Russian literature at Trinity College, Cambridge, then lived in Berlin and Paris, writing prolifically in Russian under the pseudonym Sirin. In 1940, he left France for the United States, where he wrote some of his greatest worksb — Bend Sinister (1947), Lolita (1955), Pnin (1957), and Pale Fire (1962) — and translated his earlier Russian novels into English. He taught at Wellesley, Harvard, and Cornell. He died in Montreux, Switzerland, in 1977.
Narrator
Stefan Rudnicki

Biography:
Stefan Rudnicki has been involved in the recording of over 1,000 audiobooks as a narrator and/or producer. He has received numerous awards, including a Grammy, the Bram Stoker Award, the Ray Bradbury Award, a dozen Audie Awards and numerous Earphones Awards from AudioFile Magazine. Stefan resides in Los Angeles where he runs his production company,Skyboat Road Company, Inc.

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