I've just been amazed by a piece of trivia about my favourite writer. Two pieces of trivia, in fact.
The first is that Nabokov was a boxer, and the second is that his father was Russian Head of State very briefly, in between the era of the Tzar and the Communist takeover. (Apparently he was in charge twice, once in 1905 and once in 1918. I'm not good enough on Russian political history to be able to explain that, but it's what I've been told.)
I don't know why I should be amazed by this. I never pretended to know anything about the man from his books, but these tidbits do seem extraordinary. Does it put his work in a new light? Probably not, simply because the books are so good they don't need that, but what about the former head of state fleeing the Zemblan revolution in 'Pale Fire'?
Next I'll find out JK Rowling throws javelin for Turkmenistan and her sister is Whitney Houston.