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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!



In Memoriam: Dieter E. Zimmer, by Olga Voronina

Submitted by dana_dragunoiu on Tue, 07/07/2020 - 05:49

Dieter Zimmer (1934-2020): noble, wise, driven by truth-seeking, mercilessly attentive to detail, an intellectual of the highest carat, a man of honour, a writer from God. He interviewed Nabokov several times and translated him into German, becoming the editor of VN's works at Rowholt Verlag in 1989. His Nabokov's Berlin (2001) and A Guide to Nabokov's Butterflies and Moths, his unprecedented website dedicated to VN's family and haunts, and his Lolita travelogue are and will remain the golden standard of Nabokov studies.

In Memoriam: English Translation and German original of Dieter E. Zimmer's 1959 review of LOLITA

Submitted by dana_dragunoiu on Mon, 07/06/2020 - 07:32

To mark the occasion of Dieter E. Zimmer's passing away on June 19, 2020, Brian Boyd has translated into English Dieter's 1959 review of Lolita

With Brian's permission, I am posting his English translation below (there is also a pdf version accessible here). The German original can be read below or in pdf here or in the context of Dieter's incomparable website


DIE ZEIT/Literatur, Nr.42, 16 October 1959, pp.9-10

In Memoriam: Dieter E. Zimmer (1934-2020) by Brian Boyd

Submitted by dana_dragunoiu on Wed, 07/01/2020 - 06:08

​Dieter Eduard Zimmer, essayist, editor, translator, an intellectually “incorruptible” “Renaissance man” (I quote from the German Wikipedia) and among much else Nabokov’s most important translator, editor, and longest-serving scholar, has died in Berlin on June 19, 2020, aged 85.