NABOKV-L post 0022566, Sat, 10 Mar 2012 13:57:36 +0000

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Re: SIGHTING -- DN TIMES OBIT
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There were also quite a few factual inaccuracies, e.g. that VN arrived in Berlin in 1922 with his wife, Vera. It seemed to be written in the usual spirit that Nabokov is treated with in this country, of casual dismissal, and in a faintly derogatory tone. It's a great pity, and ironically always undermines the attention to detail and faithfulness to accuracy that VN and Dmitri both championed. I was so disappointed I threw it away!

Barbara Wyllie
UCL SSEES
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Subject: Re: [NABOKV-L] SIGHTING -- DN TIMES OBIT

I was near to asking the (London) Times why they had covered so many trivial deaths post-dating Dmitri’s Feb 22 departure ... Then today, March 9, his obituary has at last appeared. The headings read

Dmitri Nabokov
Translator, opera singer, racing driver and keeper of his novelist father’s flame who translated much of his writings into English.

The photo shows a rather distressed DN posed in front of a stern portrait of VN. I’m not totally pleased. Dmitri gets a quarter of the print-area devoted to an obscure member of an obscure pop-group (the Monkees; who they?!). On the TOoL affair, they write “Many felt that it was a rare misstep and did not add to Nabokov’s reputation.” Surely, that loaded, misleading “many” should more fairly be a “some?”

The Times do run supplementary Lives Remembered columns submitted by readers. I hope some such appear from VN-listers who knew Dmitri well.

Stan Kelly-Bootle
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