Welcome to The Nabokovian!

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New Feature: Classics from The Nabokovian

Introducing a new feature: read classic articles from the archives of the print version of The Nabokovian. Selected by the site's editors, articles will be featured free of charge and will vary quarterly. Full access to all of the print and electronic issues of The Nabokovian are available on this site to members of the International Vladimir Nabokov Society (IVNS). To join, please go here.

Our inaugural article is Gennady Barabtarlo's "See under Sebastian," The Nabokovian 1990.24: 24-28. Enjoy your reading!

 

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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. 

Welcome to The Nabokovian!

Submitted by stephen_blackwell on Thu, 02/28/2019 - 06:29
Welcome to the official site of the International Vladimir Nabokov Society (IVNS)! You can access most of the site as you wish, but to add to or edit material wiki-style, as we would love you to do, you will have to register to the site by following the protocol spelled out below.

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.