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Nabokov: Photographs by Horst Tappe(2)
Horst Tappe, Vladimir Nabokov, Tilo Richter:
Photographs by Horst Tappe
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It was in 1962 that the photographer Horst Tappe first met Vladimir Nabokov at the Montreux Palace Hotel in Switzerland where Nabokov resided while penning his great novels Pale Fire and Ada or Ardor.
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Until Nabokov’s death in 1977, Tappe photographed the world-renowned author of Lolita in private as well as on the Swiss mountain slopes catching butterflies (Nabokov once stated "My pleasures are the most intense known to man: writing and butterfly hunting").

These remarkable photographs reveal a man going about his daily tasks — a man with a purpose, a man of passion who was both stubborn and charming. They depict the author bent over his writing desk, lost in quiet contemplation, out for a stroll (as solitary walker or accompanied by his wife Vera) and, of course, exuberantly hunting those beloved butterflies.

“Many of the photographs are already famous. Others, never published before, promise to become no less so.”
Nabokov News, Brian Boyd
64 pages, Hardcover, 8'' x 10'' (202 x 250 mm)
30 duotone photographs, English / French / German
ISBN-13: 978-3-85616-152-1  
ISBN-10: 3-85616-152-X      $ 19.95
About the Photographer:
Horst Tappe (1938-2005)
Times Online article:
“Horst Tappe
Photographer whose portraits of artists and writers were an extension of his love of painting and literature”
See also:

Vladimir Nabokov: Alphabet in Color
Vladimir Nabokov:
Alphabet in Color
Illustrated by NY artist Jean Holabird, Nabokov’s colored sounds come to light. Vladimir Nabokov could hear color. As he described it — perhaps “hearing” is not quite accurate, since “the color sensation seems to be produced by the very act of my orally forming a given letter while I imagine its outline...” more...

Nabokov: Pale Fire NEW
Vladimir Nabokov: Pale Fire
Many think Pale Fire is Nabokov’s greatest novel. At its heart beats a 999-line poem, penned by its fictional hero, John Shade. This first-ever facsimile edition of the poem shows it to be not just a fictional device but also a masterpiece of American poetry, albeit by an invented persona. more...
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GINGKO PRESS | PHOTOGRAPHY BOOK | ISBN-13: 9783856161521 | ISBN-10: 385616152X