Vladimir Nabokov

NABOKV-L post 0016620, Tue, 1 Jul 2008 16:20:19 +0000

Re: Coates review of Krushcheva's IMAGINING RUSSIA
In my previous email I addressed LH where I should have - JS.
- GS (George Shimanovich)
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Subject: RE: [NABOKV-L] Coates review of Krushcheva's IMAGINING RUSSIA
Date: Mon, 30 Jun 2008 21:40:23 -0400
From: George Shimanovich <gshiman@optonline.net>
To: 'Vladimir Nabokov Forum' <NABOKV-L@LISTSERV.UCSB.EDU>

That's in blood: her Dad, as one recalls, patronized arts and took artists
to task for being ... not socially minded. All the while VN's lineage is
consistently unordinary in cultural sense. Isn't it why he remains a sore
eye for some ordinary folk (this invented group isn't so numerous) and
closed minded members of writers guilt (quite ordinary minded, numerous and
self-appointed speakers for "ordinary" - to inflate their speaking value).

OM's physical heroism bit is banality of the worst kind coming from the lips
of people with Mrs. Krushcheva's family history. But who cares, she is
alive, she can compare, VN can't object. Or can he?

As for Christian redeemer, pointedly brought along by LH, he is better left
along in role of a philosopher (per Bush 2000), as his prophetic prowess is
not so well defined.

All that critique is not new - practiced again, and again: take context away
and break text apart. Tried and failed on good old wine, good old religion,
De Vinchi strokes, or VN's words.

In the world of words banality as Russian concept, remains and will remain
undervalued in the "post-modern" Western world.

LH should not forget that VN is the only author who invented his readers.

- George

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