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Virtual Commemoration of D. Barton Johnson's Life and Work

Submitted by dana_dragunoiu on Fri, 01/15/2021 - 07:37

Dear Colleagues,

I hope this message finds you well in these difficult times.

In memory of our dear colleague Professor Emeritus Don Barton Johnson (1933-2020), who passed away this past year, the Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara would like to invite you to a commemoration of Don's life and work. 

New Year's Message from President of IVNS, Lara Delage-Toriel

Submitted by dana_dragunoiu on Thu, 12/24/2020 - 19:57

Dear members,

As this difficult year draws to a close, I would like to send you all my warmest greetings, hoping 2021 will see a gradual return to the joys we've all been missing.

I would like to thank all the members of the board of the IVNS, who have helped me steer the IVNS ship during my first year as president of the IVNS.

I would like to extend my thanks to this year's IVNS prize judges, whose steadfast work resulted in the choice of five laureates, which have all been announced on our website:

This year's laureates were:

Happy Holidays from

Submitted by dana_dragunoiu on Thu, 12/24/2020 - 19:24

Dear Readers of!

On this Christmas Eve, during these grim times, we might all draw some comfort from Nabokov's short story "Christmas," published on December 22, 1975 in The New Yorker:

It gives me special pleasure to be sending you this message, knowing that we are scattered all across the globe--Australia, Bulgaria, Canada, England, Finland, France, Hungary, India, Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Russia, the United States, Zembla--yet we are all united by our collective love of Nabokov. 

Ada Annotations 2-3

Submitted by Brian_Boyd on Tue, 12/01/2020 - 17:18

Dear Nabokovians,


The Annotations to Ada Pt 2 Ch 3, the Villa Venus chapter, in some ways the origin and center of the novel (as the Afternote explains), are now live. Thanks as usual to Stephen Blackwell for a meticulous checking of the text and some valuable suggestions.


AdaOnline has now been updated to include Ada Pt 2 Ch1 and its hyperlinked motifs and illustrations.