NABOKV-L post 0014165, Fri, 24 Nov 2006 18:39:48 -0200

Re: A phrase from Lenin
Ole Nyegaard wrote: "I am studying Nabokov's forewords, and while reading the one to The Eye I had a hazy recollection of the sentence below being opened by a typical Lenin-phrase, but, I simply can't remember where I've read that. Can anyone, please?:
"As is well-known (to employ a famous Russian phrase), my books are not only blessed by a total lack of social significance, but are also mythproof" (The Eye 9)

I haven't found the typical Lenin-phrase you asked about, but you'll certainly find a selection in "Bend Sinister" where, in VN's "Introduction" he affirms that "...without those infamous models before me I could not haver interlarded this fantasy with bits of Lenin's speeches, and a chunk of the Soviet constitution, and gobs of Nazist pseudo-efficiency."


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