NABOKV-L post 0018938, Wed, 9 Dec 2009 17:58:44 +0000

Re: Laura Number One in Russia
How does that follow?

Also, if I may, the gloss of production—design, detachable cards, heft, etc—seems to have subtended the product. Indeed, what is The Original of Laura? Only a product? And what has happened to the rest of the work, as a result? (The Vintage re-issues underscore this plaint.)

Am I now to read VN as artist or artificer? As a literary version of Warhol or Madonna. Or something else?
Piers Smith

Sent: Sun, 6 December, 2009 5:32:35
Subject: Re: [NABOKV-L] Laura Number One in Russia

Robert H. Boyle writes:
Despite his father's wish that the The Original of Laura be consigned to flames, DN's exultant email reporting the extraordinarily successful sales in Russia proves yet again that he was right in deciding The Lady's Not for Burning.


Vladimir Mylnikov writes:

Great! There are some intelligent people in Russia. but again, thank you, Dimitry Vladimirovich, to expose that.
Best to all, Vladimir Mylnikov
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