NABOKV-L post 0017353, Thu, 20 Nov 2008 02:44:49 -0200

TOOL: The Perfect Mash-Up Source?
Off course, it's just an "exercise of our imagination" but I decided to
share with you this interesting post of Mac Slocum for O'Reilly
of Change for Publishing). Mash-up, for all who doesn't know,
specially in web development, is a web application that combines data from
more than one source into a single integrated tool...

Best wishes,
Claudio Soares

Nabokov's Final Novel: The Perfect Mash-Up Source
Mac Slocum

Vladimir Nabokov died before he could finish The Original of Laura, and the
long history of the unpublished novel is worthy of its own literary epic.
The saga is coming to an end now that Nabokov's son, Dmitri, announced his
intention to publish the work.

But here's the rub: The Original of Laura is drafted -- in fragment form --
on 50 index cards, and Dmitri Nabokov has no intention of finishing the
novel himself. Nabokov tells the BBC:

I would never presume to finish my father's works for him because there are
so many strands and threads and thoughts there that perhaps might have been
developed further. And I simply don't have the right.

Will another author accept the daunting task of completing a Nabokov title?
Or, will the text from the 50 index cards be edited together as a book?

Here's another idea: publish the fragments on the Web and let Nabokov
scholars and fans interpret the material. I know the chances of
Nabokov-inspired literary mash-ups are remote, but content with this kind of
pedigree would bring significant attention to digital publishing

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