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“The Unreal Life of Sergey Nobokov” by Paul Russell

Everyone knows Vladimir Nabokov. He’s the guy who wrote Lolita, the story of the underage sex kitten and the pedophile. But few people know about his gay brother, Sergey. The Unreal Life of Sergey Nabokov is a fictionalized account of the young Russian man’s life, beginning with his troubled childhood, then moving into his sex-crazed, opium-infused young adulthood, before finally ending with his arrest in Berlin, where he is subsequently sent to a concentration camp for being gay. It sounds heavy, but it’s actually a very well-researched and beautiful book about a homosexual boy who grows into a courageous man.

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  • hephaestion

    David Sedaris’ latest book is hilarious! The parts on his time in China blew my mind!

  • Thad1527

    Any new book by Paul Russell is reason to rejoice! Thanks for the information!

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