On Nabokov, Ayn Rand and the Libertarian Mind: What the Russian-American Odd Pair Can Tell Us about Some Values, Myths and Manias Widely Held Most Dear

On Nabokov, Ayn Rand and the Libertarian Mind: What the Russian-American Odd Pair Can Tell Us about Some Values, Myths and Manias Widely Held Most Dear

by Gene H Bell-Villada

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Overview

On Nabokov, Ayn Rand and the Libertarian Mind not only conjoins two seemingly divergent authors but also takes on the larger picture of libertarian trends and ideologies. These timely topics further intermingle with Bell-Villada's own conflicted relationship - personal, cultural, satirical, literary - to the odd pair and their ways of thinking. The inclusion of Louis Begley's essay adds yet another dimension to this unique, wide-ranging meditation on art and politics, history and memory.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781443850407
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Publication date: 01/10/2013
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Gene H. Bell-Villada, born in Haiti and raised in Puerto Rico, Cuba, and Venezuela, is Professor of Romance Languages at Williams College. His scholarly writings include general-interest books on Borges and Garcia Marquez (both now available in expanded second editions) and the wide-ranging Art for Art's Sake and Literary Life (finalist for the 1997 National Book Critics Circle Award, and translated into Serbian and Chinese). He has also published two volumes of fiction and a memoir, Overseas American: Growing up Gringo in the Tropics. His latest work is a collection, Writing Out of Limbo: International Childhoods, Global Nomads and Third Culture Kids (co-edited with Nina Sichel).

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments ix

A Note on Page References xvi

Chapter 1 The Pairing 1

Chapter 2 On the Big Books They Wrote 10

Chapter 3 On the Odd Pair's Growth and Development 32

Chapter 4 On Their Immigration Stories 43

Chapter 5 On What They Each Stood for 63

Chapter 6 On Their Ways of Knowing 81

Chapter 7 On Their Literary Loves and Hates 88

Chapter 8 On the Matter of Thinkers, Revisited 97

Chapter 9 On Determinism vs. Being Self-made, Like Mr. Bounderby & Others 102

Chapter 10 On Politics and Society 110

Chapter 11 On Their Russian Side 129

Chapter 12 On Their Nasty Side 145

Chapter 13 On Their Respective Legacies 161

Chapter 14 On the Libertarian Mind 174

Chapter 15 On Guns, Flood Victims, Libertarians, Orwelliana, My Father, and Me 196

Appendix A An Introduction to Nabokov's Speak, Memory Louis Begley 221

Appendix B My Encounters with Libertarians 241

Bibliography 264

Index 273

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