Vladimir Nabokov

NABOKV-L post 0026338, Tue, 4 Aug 2015 23:08:32 -0300

RES: [NABOKV-L] Sighting: Reference to Nabokov in a Brazilian
literary suplement.
JM: quoting an interview with Jorio Dauster: " With Nabokov it was literary
love at first sight... through words and images he leads the reader to
inquire himself , for example, about the color of the shadow of an apple."

Query: Does anyone know if Dauster's example was simply inspired by Nabokov
or is it a direct quote, and then, where can it be found? I did some
searching and got nowhere. I found a wonderful sentence about apples (not
colors nor shadows):

"Of course neither McGore, who had again painstakingly freed of glossy red
ribbons the faceted nudity of an apple, nor the Colonel, once more agreeably
flushed after four glasses of port (not to mention two of white Burgundy)
had any way of knowing what woes the morrow would bring." ( La Veneziana ).

What is peculiarly Nabokovian in this description? The glossy red ribbons?
The nude apple? Or the telling detail: "faceted," because it is so precise
in relation to the knife-work in the process of peeling it? The rhythm
counts, of course but, related to the imagery, is there any component that
can be eliminated without harming the line? I vote for "glossy red," but I
still like the suggestion of red, be it glossy or not. There's one apple
reference, though, that I cannot forget: Kinbote's description of Shade's
hesitations about biting into "the fortress of an apple."

Suggestions anyone?

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