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By Vladimir Nabokov

'Look on the harlequins ...Play! Invent the area! Invent reality'. this is often the adolescence suggestion given by means of an aunt to Russian born author Vadim Vadimovich, who emigrates to England, then Paris, then Germany after which the U.S., and, now demise, reconstructs his previous. He recollects Iris his first spouse, Annette his long-necked typist and Bel his daughter, in addition to his personal extraordinary 'numerical nimbus syndrome'.

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