NABOKV-L post 0020009, Tue, 11 May 2010 07:12:10 -0400

Nabokov's magnificent creativity ~ "TOoL" review ..

NOTE: The day (05/10/2010) the below review was published, DN turned 76.

(05/10/2010) The Original Of Laura by Vladimir Nabokov

Written by Zeno

Monday, 10 May 2010

The Original Of Laura by Vladimir Nabokov. New York. 2009. Knopf. keywords: Literature Russia America. 279 pages. Jacket design by Chip Kidd. November 2009. 9780307271891.


When Vladimir Nabokov died in 1977, he left instructions for his heirs to burn the 138 handwritten index cards that made up the rough draft of his final and unfinished novel, The Original of Laura. But Nabokov's wife, Vera, could not bear to destroy her husband's last work, and when she died, the fate of the manuscript fell to her son. Dmitri Nabokov begin_of_the_skype_highlighting end_of_the_skype_highlighting, now seventy-five--the Russian novelist's only surviving heir, and translator of many of his books--has wrestled for three decades with the decision of whether to honor his father's wish or preserve for posterity the last piece of writing of one of the greatest writers of the twentieth century. His decision finally to allow publication of the fragmented narrative--dark yet playful, preoccupied with mortality--affords us one last experience of Nabokov's magnificent creativity, the quintessence of his unparalleled body of work. Photos of the handwritten index cards accompany the text. They are perforated and can be removed and rearranged, as the author likely did when he was writing the novel. About the Author - Vladimir Nabokov was born in 1899, in St. Petersburg, Russia. His acclaimed works of fiction include Lolita, Pnin, and Pale Fire, among others. He died in Montreux, Switzerland, in 1977.

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