NABOKV-L post 0015443, Wed, 29 Aug 2007 10:26:44 -0700

Re: [Tidbits]: Strindberg and Nabokov's two eternities of darkness
And that in its turn is evocative of that transcendent closure toward the end of Canto One of Pale Fire:

And there's the walll of sound, the nightly wall
Raised by a trillion crickets in the fall.
Impenetrable! . . .
Outstare the stars. Infinite foretime and
Infinite aftertime: above your head
They close like giant wings, and you are dead.
(lines 115-124)

John Mella

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[Tidbits]: Strindberg and Nabokov's two eternities of darkness" From:
"jansymello" <> Date:
Tue, 28 Aug 2007 15:32:07 -0300 To:
Dear List,

Reading about recently deceased Ingmar Bergman I came across a sentence by Strindberg ( A Dream Play) openly quoted in Bergman's "Fanny and Alexander" and which also a inspired "Wild Strawberries". It made me remember VN's opening paragraph in SM, on the cradle that rocks over the abyss...

"Time and space do not exist. Upon an insignificant background of real life events, the imagination spins and weaves new patterns; a blend of memories, experiences, pure inventions, absurdities and improvisations."

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