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Thanks for clearing this up, Brian-I wondered whose photo that was!



Ellen Pifer



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Amusing to see Nicholas Nabokov continues to shadow VN after more than
sixty years of such confusion.



Brian Boyd



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Nabokov's incomplete work in Russia after New York, London




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Tuesday, 1 December 2009



Russian novelist Vladimir Nabokov
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Vladimir Nabokov's hitherto unpublished and unfinished work "The
Original of Laura" got a warm welcome on Monday in Russia, the author's
land of birth, after a debut in New York and London.



"This is a very important event for this great writer's fans and for all
Russians," said Tatyana Ponomaryova, head of the Vladimir Nabokov museum
in Saint Petersburg where the writer was born in 1899 before fleeing
Russia with his family in 1917.



The publication of the manuscript, which Nabokov wanted to destroy
before his death, sparked passionate debate in numerous conferences and
articles which are still focusing on one of the 20th century's greatest
authors.



Dmitry Nabokov, 75, son of the writer who died in 1977, hesitated for
over 30 years before deciding to publish the book.

"What is more fair? To respect the writer's dying wish or to give his
readers a chance to know this work? I do not know," confessed Boris
Averin, literature professor in Saint Petersburg's State University.



"The book is incomplete, and it is obvious that the writer did not want
to show his workshop, but ultimately I am glad that his son made this
decision," he told reporters.



"Now, 32 years after his death, every word written by Nabokov is dear to
us, so the appearance of this work is a great fortune, it is like
finding a treasure," said another Nabokov expert, Sergei Kibalnik.



Russian publishing house Azbuka-Klassika presented two editions of "The
Original of Laura", one for the general public and another more
luxurious one, complete with an English text and photos of the 138 index
cards Nabokov wrote it on.



"The Original of Laura" premiered in London and New York on November 17.







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