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3 points from Ada

Submitted by Shakeeb_Arzoo on Thu, 07/11/2019 - 06:37

I was just browsing through Ada and (Ada Online) when I came across three points in need of further elucidation. (

Pt. 1 Ch 3 - 27.08: in distant France, at a much less radiant and easygoing "home": the principal allusion seems to be to the suicide of Emma Bovary, in a distorted Antiterran version. In Flaubert's novel she does not die in an institutional "home."

and from the same chapter,

Other Shores, Drugie Berega, is there an English translation?

Submitted by Jim Buckingham on Sat, 05/18/2019 - 16:38

Has anyone, not that I know of, translated Vladimir's Russian Other Shores to English?

And no, it is NOT just a Russian translation of the English Conclusive Evidence.

World Literature would be greatly expanded by such a translating of Other Shores.

Who amongst you will take on the task? Or prompt others to do so. But they must be a writer first and a translator second.

English readers will gain further insight not available in either Conclusive Evidence or in Speak Memory, An Autobiography Revisited.

NABOKOV & BLOK: A chip off the old Blok on Other Shores and “Twilight, Twilight Spring”

Submitted by Jim Buckingham on Sat, 05/18/2019 - 16:32

Alexander Blok’s Poem Сумерки, сумерки вешние / “Twilight, Twilight Spring” captures well Vladimir Nabokov’s Russian title of Other Shores, for his Russian semi-translation of his semi-autobiography, Conclusive Evidence. Or did VN capture well Blok’s poem to convey his sense of distance and exile, cries from the other shore, to his Russian readers for Other Shores?

Read on. See Attached. 2 pages.

SIGHTING: New Nabokov-Inflected Novel

Submitted by matthew_roth on Tue, 04/30/2019 - 15:10

It seems the big literary debut of 2020 (signed for 7 figures!) will be a novel by Kate Elizabeth Russell, called My Dark Vanessa. While the title is clearly borrowed from Pale Fire, the content is Lolita-esque, as it concerns a 15-year-old's sexual affair with a much older English teacher (it's always the English teachers). I'm including an article link and a screenshot taken from the author's Twitter page (notice her Twitter handle, also a Lolita reference).