The Marriage of Véra Slonim and Vladimir Nabokov as Jewish, Russian and American History

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Vladimir and Vera Nabokov (Courtesy of The Estate of Vladimir Nabokov)
Vladimir and Vera Nabokov (Courtesy of The Estate of Vladimir Nabokov)

Vladimir Nabokov (1899-1977) and Véra Nabokov (née Slonim, 1902-1991) met in early 1920s Berlin; their relationship encompassed two continents and five languages. In this lecture, author and scholar Maxim D. Shrayer brings to life rare and archival materials to explore the dynamics of mixed marriages and the boundaries of modern Jewish culture.

Moderator: Rawi Abdelal, Herbert F. Johnson Professor of International Management, Harvard Business School, and director of the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies

Maxim D. Shrayer is professor of Russian, English and Jewish studies at Boston College and director of the Project on Russian and Eurasian Jewry at the Davis Center. He is the author and editor of over 15 books, including “Leaving Russia: A Jewish Story,” “Yom Kippur in Amsterdam” and “Voices of Jewish-Russian Literature.” Shrayer is a Guggenheim Fellow and the winner of a National Jewish Book Award.

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