NABOKV-L post 0023235, Wed, 8 Aug 2012 18:57:10 -0700

Re: [Fwd: Bryusov and Salieri]
On Aug 8, 2012, at 2:21 PM, Savely Senderovich: ..."VN exercised his
aesthetic judgment in regard to Doctor Zhivago – he was amazed to see
in BP’s novel treatment the same motif as in his Lolita: the affair of
a mature man with a teenage girl which messed up all her life, an
ambivalent motif as concerns the question of who is guilty, that is, a
motif escaping a simple moral judgment.

VN was firmly wedded to his peculiar artistic optics through which
BP’s novel is simply unreadable.

Some years ago, I delivered a course at Cornell dedicated to these two
novels in order to show that two works linked by a remarkable affinity
and written by two writers of the same generation and culture require
quite different tuning of the reader’s optics which can be developed
only in the process of very attentive reading overcoming preset habits."

You have proved my point for me. Many thanks.

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