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New Feature: Classics from The Nabokovian

Introducing a new feature: read classic materials from the archives of the print version of The Nabokovian. Selected by the site's editors, contents will be featured free of charge and will vary quarterly. Full access to all of the print and electronic issues of The Nabokovian are available on this site to members of the International Vladimir Nabokov Society (IVNS). To join, please go here.

Our second feature is Nabokov's poem "Shakespeare," translated by Dmitri Nabokov. Enjoy your reading!

 

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In Memoriam Gennady Barabtarlo by Stephen Blackwell

Submitted by stephen_blackwell on Wed, 02/27/2019 - 16:21
From the looks of things, I must have met Gene in 1995, at a typically over-endowed conference hotel in Washington, DC.  I don't know when or where our first words of greeting were spoken, but I do know that among the earliest were some that immediately highlighted his wry, understated sense of humor:

In Memoriam Gennady Barabtarlo by Olga Voronina

Submitted by dana_dragunoiu on Wed, 02/27/2019 - 14:35

A literary gift, like the gift of life, is given from above. Gennady Barabtarlo, who has just completed his life journey, was deeply appreciative of both – and of the One who sent them. He dedicated himself to Russian literature, especially to its two summits, Pushkin and Nabokov, in full awareness of the responsibility this commitment entailed. For him, language and letters were the vital force that kept the Russian mind and spirit alive.

In Memoriam Gennady Barabtarlo by Maurice Couturier

Submitted by dana_dragunoiu on Wed, 02/27/2019 - 09:20

Gene Barabtarlo was a gentleman, a conscientious and highly learned 
scholar, a great Nabokovian, an excellent linguist… and a friend. I 
first met him in June 1992. I had invited him to the first Nice 
Conference on Nabokov where he gave a paper entitled “Nabokov in the 
Wilson Archive.” I seem to remember that it was his first visit to this 
part of the world, one of Nabokov’s favorite haunts. He was constantly 
taking pictures, as he did again at the third Nice conference in 2006; 
after it, he went to Soliès-Pont and sent me pictures he had taken 
there. There was something of a Sherlock Holmes in him; he liked solving 

In Memoriam Gennady Barabtarlo by Stanislav Shvabrin

Submitted by dana_dragunoiu on Wed, 02/27/2019 - 09:11

The news of Gennady Aleksandrovich Barabtarlo’s passing should not have caught me off-guard, but I must confess to finding myself lost for words at a moment that I knew would be coming. If I were to try to find a reason to my being at a loss today, I would have to attribute it to my irrational sense that Gennady Aleksandrovich’s rectitude, his convictions, and indeed faith would prove a bulwark against even the most potent and cunning of afflictions. No such luck, of course, but even in the haze of this sad, impossible day it is already becoming clear that this is not where this story ends.