NABOKV-L post 0015362, Thu, 12 Jul 2007 15:49:54 -0400

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NEWS/THOUGHTS: Recent essays on Laughter in the Dark
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The current issue of The Threepenny Review (Summer
2007) contains a substantial, highly appreciative
essay on LAUGHTER IN THE DARK by Richard Locke. His
thesis:

". . . After rereading LAUGHTER IN THE DARK--recently
reissued with a fleet new introduction by John
Banville-- . . . I've come to believe that, despite
Nabokov's and Boyd's dismissal, it's actually one of
Nabokov's strongest and richest early works."

Banville's introduction, mentioned by Locke, begins in
this way:

"LAUGHTER IN THE DARK is one of the finest works of
Vladimir Nabokov's early, Russian-language period, a
dazzling, cinematic masterpiece, beautiful, cruel and
horribly funny."

Although I disagree with both writers on various
points--it is distressing, for example, to see
Banville referring to Lolita (the person) as
"corrupt"--I share their high opinion of the novel and
find much to admire in their essays.

Jim Twiggs

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