NABOKV-L post 0018064, Wed, 25 Mar 2009 12:10:21 -0700

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I remember reading in the Vera bio that his wife either read, or tried to read it and she found the book annoying because she had never known any Jews to act like the ones in the book did, and maybe that it sort of rattled on and on too, which I know was my opinion of that thing.

--- On Wed, 3/25/09, Michael Donohue <michaeldonohue@HOTMAIL.COM> wrote:

From: Michael Donohue <michaeldonohue@HOTMAIL.COM>
Subject: Re: [NABOKV-L] ADA and the Siege of Leningrad
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Date: Wednesday, March 25, 2009, 10:04 AM




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After looking at the description of "Salzman" (bestseller with a handsome author on the back cover), I suspect the joke is on Bellow's "Herzog" (1964), which was a big "novel of ideas" in just the kind of bloated "philosophical" manner that VN so disliked. It was a big seller, won lots of prizes, and certainly would have had a picture of the dapper Bellow on the back cover. (Unlike the author of "Salzman," though, Bellow is not now completely forgotten.)

Mike Donohue




Date: Wed, 25 Mar 2009 10:15:17 +0100
From: irenaks@POCZTA.ONET.PL
Subject: Re: [NABOKV-L] ADA and the Siege of Leningrad
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I've always associated this with Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller, perhaps wrongly.
 
Irena

----- Original Message -----
From: Dieter E. Zimmer
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Sent: Tuesday, March 24, 2009 4:22 PM
Subject: Re: [NABOKV-L] ADA and the Siege of Leningrad


No sir, 'Ada' does not contain 203000 words but only 174000, not according to my calculations but to my PC (I had to offer myself a digital copy to work on the German commentary).
 
This gives me occasion to ask the List a minuscule question: Would anybody have an idea what author and book the title 'Salzman' refers to, occurring five times (pp. 459, 476, 477, 486)?
 
Dieter E. Zimmer, Berlin
 



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