NABOKV-L post 0017612, Fri, 23 Jan 2009 22:51:57 -0200

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[NABOKOV-L] Sighting in Portuguese: Ivan Junqueira
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In a collection of critical essays by Ivan Junqueira ( O Fio de Dédalo, Ensaios, Ed.Record, RJ and SP, 1998), in great part devoted to poetry and a few novels, there was a single entry about Nabokov, in his article on "A Century of Fiction" ( Um século de ficção), that carries extensive quotes from Malcom Bradbury's "The Modern American Novel" ("O romance americano moderno", 1991).

While discussing the 1940-1960 decades, marked by a "liberal and existencial imagination", Junqueira lists various writers: Willard Motley, Nelson Algren, Carson McCullers, Truman Capote, Flannery O'Connor, Lionel Trilling, Mary McCarthy, James Baldwin, John Cheever, John Barth, James Purdy, Therry Southern, John Updike together with Saul Bellow, I.B.Singer, Norman Mailer, Bernard Malamud, Philip Roth, J.D.Salinger, Jack Kerouac and William Burroughs.
Finally he adds: " It's advisable not to forget Vladimir Nabokov, whose "Lolita" ( 1955) performed a spectacular editorial and literary trajectory."
No particular novel, such as "Pale Fire", is mentioned for the 1960 and 1970 decades, but Junqueira returns once more to Nabokov in a short sentence: "Nominalism and anti-realism are predominant, as established by Nabokov."("Predominam agora o anti-realismo e o nominalismo instaurado por Nabokov.")



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btw: Ivan Junqueira devoted several lines to Hugh MacDiarmid in his essay on "British Poetry of the XXth Century" ( A poesia britânica no século XX), placing Lowland's lallans in the meridional and oriental portion of Scotland where the population is predominantly of German origin and unfamiliar with Celtic. MacDiarmid's lyrical poetry is reported as exerting a strong influence on the Scottish poets of his time, particularly on Sidney Goodsir Smith, Robert Garioch and Tom Scott.
Junqueira paced MacDiarmid close to William Emson and to John Lehmann's "New Poetry", stating that he was the only one that remain loyal to old ideals: as a passionate regionalist and the most communist in his group. His work retains the musicality of Burns and the metaphorical richness of metaphysical poetry, as can be found in his "First Hymn to Lenin and other Poems (1931), Second Hymn to Lenin and other Poems (1935)" and in an exceptional epic poem about James Joyce (1956). MacDiarmid is contrasted to Edwin Muir who promoted the integration between scottish dialectal forms ("formas dialetais escocesas") to literary English.

From this ennumeration of data it seems to me that Nabokov would not have been a great admirer of Hugh MacDiarmid's oeuvre.

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