'The Houdini Of History' - Vladimir Nabokov, Escape Artist
"In 1919, he and his immediate family fled revolutionary Russia on the last ship out of Sevastopol, a vessel aptly named Nadezhda
('Hope'). In 1937 he escaped Hitler's Germany by fleeing to France, and in 1940, just weeks before Paris fell to the Nazis, he boarded a French ocean liner's last voyage to New York with his Jewish wife and son."
Los Angeles Review of Books 03/13/13