Vladimir Nabokov

NABOKV-L post 0026333, Sun, 2 Aug 2015 12:37:25 -0300

Nabokovterists at large: Sansom "Like April in Arizona"

Selected highlights from the August 2015 issue:

Ian Sansom on Vladimir Nabokov's active Americanisation
<http://www.literaryreview.co.uk/sansom_08_15.php> LIKE APRIL IN ARIZONA
For all those keen quivering Nabokovians out there with infinitely deep
pockets - are there any other kind? - or perhaps with access to a university
library, these are undoubtedly the years of plenty. In 2014 alone, even the
most casual short-trousered amateur Nabokovterist armed with a basic
butterfly net would have been able to catch Maurice Couturier's Nabokov's
Eros and the Poetics of Desire, Yuri Leving's Shades of Laura: Vladimir
Nabokov's Last Novel, Samuel Schuman's Nabokov's Shakespeare, and the
paperback reissues of Gerard de Vries and D Barton Johnson's Nabokov and the
Art of Painting and Vladimir E Alexandrov's Nabokov's Otherworld. Almost
forty years after his death there is, it seems, much good Nabokov-hunting
still to be had. In a lecture on 'The Art of Literature and Commonsense',
collected in his Lectures on Literature - which remains the perfect entry
point into the vast, prodigious kingdom of the Great Nabob - Nabokov
remarks, 'In a sense, we are all crashing to our death from the top story of
our birth ... and wondering with an immortal Alice at the patterns of the
passing wall. This capacity to wonder at trifles - no matter the imminent
peril - these asides of the spirit ... are the highest form of
consciousness.' <http://www.literaryreview.co.uk/sansom_08_15.php> Read

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