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Submitted by stephen_blackwell on Thu, 02/28/2019 - 06:29
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Gennady Barabtarlo, 1949-2019

Submitted by stephen_blackwell on Thu, 02/28/2019 - 05:58

With profound sadness The International Vladimir Nabokov Society announces the passing of Gennady Barabtarlo. In addition to being a pioneering Nabokov scholar, editor, and translator, Gennady--"Gene" to colleagues and friends--Barabtarlo was a beloved teacher and colleague. He will be missed by his readers, friends, and students worldwide. Our condolences go to Alla Barabtarlo and family.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY VLADIMIR NABOKOV!

Submitted by dana_dragunoiu on Mon, 04/22/2019 - 19:50

On behalf of Nabokovians worldwide, happy birthday dear Vladimir Nabokov! 

With Zoran Kuzmanovich's permission, I post these birthday greetings for everyone to enjoy, including perhaps Nabokov himself (wherever he might be perched himself):

Happy Birthday to the man whose work makes us attend to  the stained glass windows of life while we wait for the right word not only to perch itself on our keyboards but to do so without  echoing one of his too obviously.  This grateful well-wisher already knows that he did not wait long enough. 

Zoran Kuzmanovich

Saluting the good reader,

Dana

 

Large Collection of Nabokov Books for Sale

Submitted by dana_dragunoiu on Mon, 03/18/2019 - 11:17

JJ Heckenhauer is a rare bookseller with a tradition for Russian books for more than 50 years. The bookseller has recently acquired a collection with more than 100 titles about Nabokov. The list is attached. If anyone is interested in this collection or thinks their institution might be interested in purchasing it, please contact Roger Sonnewald at ant@heckenhauer.de

In Memoriam Gennady Barabtarlo by José Vergara

Submitted by dana_dragunoiu on Sun, 03/03/2019 - 04:46

Professor Barabtarlo.

On the first day of class, one of several with Professor Barabtarlo, he announced that we must read each book twice: The Defense, Master and Margarita, Doctor Zhivago, The First Circle. Once in order to get the gist of the matter, a second time to truly appreciate the artistry. If this would not be feasible for any of us, then it would be perfectly all right to not continue further in the course. One student seated in the back row politely excused himself. And we proceeded.

In Memoriam Gennady Barabtarlo by Priscilla Meyer

Submitted by dana_dragunoiu on Fri, 03/01/2019 - 06:28

In my long friendship with Gene we shared various Nabokovian pleasures, the most spine-tingling of which occurred on the Connecticut shore in the 1980s. Gene had come to speak to my seminar at Wesleyan in early March. The next day we went for a long walk along the deserted beach--my husband was leading us to a distant promontory. Along the way Gene picked up one half of a conch shell and I the other; he said: this is the Greek etymology of “symbol” (to throw together), leading me to ask if he’d traced the shell motif through Nabokov’s novels. He hadn’t. I started my catalogue with Speak Memory, where Colette injures her foot on a mussel shell.

In Memoriam Gennady Barabtarlo by Dana Dragunoiu

Submitted by dana_dragunoiu on Thu, 02/28/2019 - 06:39

 

There was no one else like Professor Gennady Barabtarlo. I met him in person long after reading his books and profiting by them. The first time I spoke with him was at a dinner party hosted by Brian Boyd and Bronwen Nicolson to celebrate the conclusion of the Nabokov Upside Down Conference in Auckland in 2012. That first conversation took place on a warm and sunny terrace in the very middle of summer. 

In Memoriam Gennady Barabtarlo by Stephen Blackwell

Submitted by stephen_blackwell on Wed, 02/27/2019 - 16:21
From the looks of things, I must have met Gene in 1995, at a typically over-endowed conference hotel in Washington, DC.  I don't know when or where our first words of greeting were spoken, but I do know that among the earliest were some that immediately highlighted his wry, understated sense of humor:

In Memoriam Gennady Barabtarlo by Olga Voronina

Submitted by dana_dragunoiu on Wed, 02/27/2019 - 14:35

A literary gift, like the gift of life, is given from above. Gennady Barabtarlo, who has just completed his life journey, was deeply appreciative of both – and of the One who sent them. He dedicated himself to Russian literature, especially to its two summits, Pushkin and Nabokov, in full awareness of the responsibility this commitment entailed. For him, language and letters were the vital force that kept the Russian mind and spirit alive.

In Memoriam Gennady Barabtarlo by Maurice Couturier

Submitted by dana_dragunoiu on Wed, 02/27/2019 - 09:20

Gene Barabtarlo was a gentleman, a conscientious and highly learned 
scholar, a great Nabokovian, an excellent linguist… and a friend. I 
first met him in June 1992. I had invited him to the first Nice 
Conference on Nabokov where he gave a paper entitled “Nabokov in the 
Wilson Archive.” I seem to remember that it was his first visit to this 
part of the world, one of Nabokov’s favorite haunts. He was constantly 
taking pictures, as he did again at the third Nice conference in 2006; 
after it, he went to Soliès-Pont and sent me pictures he had taken 
there. There was something of a Sherlock Holmes in him; he liked solving 

In Memoriam Gennady Barabtarlo by Stanislav Shvabrin

Submitted by dana_dragunoiu on Wed, 02/27/2019 - 09:11

The news of Gennady Aleksandrovich Barabtarlo’s passing should not have caught me off-guard, but I must confess to finding myself lost for words at a moment that I knew would be coming. If I were to try to find a reason to my being at a loss today, I would have to attribute it to my irrational sense that Gennady Aleksandrovich’s rectitude, his convictions, and indeed faith would prove a bulwark against even the most potent and cunning of afflictions. No such luck, of course, but even in the haze of this sad, impossible day it is already becoming clear that this is not where this story ends.

The Nabokov community mourns the passing away of Professor Gennady Barabtarlo, a deeply respected Nabokov and Pushkin scholar and a beloved mentor and colleague.  Feb. 15, 1949 — Feb. 24, 2019

Submitted by dana_dragunoiu on Tue, 02/26/2019 - 06:48

Gennady Barabtarlo, 70, died peacefully at home on Feb. 24, 2019.

Visitation will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019, at St. Luke the Evangelist Church, 1510 Audubon Drive, Columbia. Funeral services will follow at 1 p.m. at the church. Burial will be in Columbia City Cemetery. A memorial service is planned for a later date.

CFP: Teaching Nabokov’s Lolita in the #MeToo Era (edited volume)

Submitted by Elena Sommers on Wed, 02/20/2019 - 15:04

This volume seeks essays exploring the experiences of teaching Lolita in the #MeToo era. I hope to bring together responses to Nabokov’s art that blend pedagogy and critical analysis. After teaching the novel for many years, many of us have witnessed (and continue to witness) a fascinating shift in student responses to the text following the start of the #MeToo movement.

INTERNATIONAL VLADIMIR NABOKOV SOCIETY PRIZES MAKE THEIR DEBUT!

Submitted by dana_dragunoiu on Wed, 01/30/2019 - 16:44
Dear Nabokovians: The long-awaited International Vladimir Nabokov Society Prizes have been posted! The prizes, with accompanying instructions for submission, can be found by going to "RESOURCES" and scrolling down to "Prizes and scholarships." Please share this information with all those whose work might qualify for submission to these prizes.