Lesley Chamberlain is a London-based writer and critic drawn to things Russian and German. She's studied Russian philosophy, cooked Russian food, travelled the length and breadth of the river Volga, and written a book of short stories, In a Place Like That, in which East and West confront each other during the Cold War. For more on Nabokov and Russians in Berlin see her 2006 history The Philosophy Steamer Lenin and the Exile of the Intelligentsia (also known by its US title Lenin's Private War.) Her love of German literature began with Thomas Mann, and she's the author of books on Nietzsche and Freud. See www.lesleychamberlain.co.uk.