LITERARY RETURN TO RUSSIA During his lifetime, Nabokov was a banned writer in Russia. In all the years following his emigration, not a single line of his was published in his homeland. Not only were his books, especially his Russian ones, subject to confiscation, but so were periodicals that contained texts by him. Lolita provided a convenient pretext for this: the novel was proclaimed to be pornography-a move that took advantage of the complications that had accompanied its publication in the West. It thus became easy to keep all of Nabokov out of circulation due to his “pornographic content.” There was an appropriate law for this on the books.