Vladimir Nabokov

NABOKV-L post 0016361, Wed, 7 May 2008 04:34:39 EDT

Re: Dmitri Nabokov decides: publish ...

In a message dated 07/05/2008 04:11:52 GMT Standard Time,
spklein52@HOTMAIL.COM writes:

First, he publicly implied very strongly that it would be burnt, then
changed his mind, then threatened to burn it anyway after a nobody claimed to have
detected in Lolita signs that Vladimir had been abused by his uncle.

Since this has been repeated, can we get clear that VN tells us in "Speak,
Memory" that he was fondled by his uncle in a way that he implies was abusive
and hence upsetting to the servants? What is dubious is the possibility of
deducing further degrees of abuse from VN's fiction.

Anthony Stadlen

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