Vladimir Nabokov's Mashenka

On 27 November 2017 „Discovering Berlin through literature“ group met for its fall meeting to discuss  “Mashenka”, Vladimir Nabokov´s first novel which was published in Russian in Berlin in 1924.

Berlin became one of the hotspots for exiled Russians in the early 1920´s. Artists, old regime money and business people lived in a secluded Russian world between Charlottenburg and Schöneberg.

Having fled the Red Revolution, a Russian emigrant recollects his memories of his time in Russia with his first love, Mashenka. Longingly, he awaits her arrival in Berlin. When he realizes that he will never get his beloved motherland Russia back but an exiled woman, he turns away from his dream and faces the fact that he has lost his homeland.