Born in Russia, he wrote his first nine novels in Russian — while living in Berlin. He achieved international acclaim and prominence after moving to the United States and beginning to write in English. Nabokov became an American citizen in , but he and his wife returned to Europe in , settling in Montreux , Switzerland. Nabokov's Lolita was ranked fourth in the list of the Modern Library Best Novels in ;  Pale Fire was ranked 53rd on the same list; and his memoir, Speak, Memory , was listed eighth on publisher Random House 's list of the 20th century's greatest nonfiction.
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Glavatskikh, G. Moskva: Kniga, This set, which is basically an index to published Russian memoirs and diaries, is divided by time periods with volume 1 containing works about the 15thth centuries, volume 2 — , volume 3 — , volume 4 — , and volume 5, part 1 about famous literary figures Pushkin, Saltykov-Shchedrin, Tolstoi, Chekhov, Blok, Gorky, Maiakovskii and volume 5, part 2 containing a supplement to all the previous volumes. Within each time period usually covered by several physical volumes the entries are arranged in different ways.