NABOKV-L post 0005438, Thu, 17 Aug 2000 14:05:54 -0700

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> From: Martin Striz <martinstriz@hotmail.com>
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> An excerpt from Laura Miller's "The Death of the Red-Hot Center" on
> Salon.com:
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> Film can use straightforward storytelling to reflect the way we live now
as
> well as or better than the traditional realist novel. As a result,
writers
> increasingly turned to techniques that can't be accomplished on-screen,
or
> at least not easily: formal experimentation, fabulism, and above all, the

> artful deployment of voice. Few in 1960 would have predicted that Vladmir

> Nabokov's 1955 novel "Lolita" would, by the end of the century, be cited
> more frequently and more fervently by young American writers naming their

> influences than books by Hemingway or Fitzgerald. The quintessential
novel
> of unreliable narration, written by a novelist who prized an elegant,
> imagistic style and an elusive authorial stance while despising
philosophy
> and moralizing in fiction, "Lolita" didn't conform to midcentury notions
of
> an era-defining work. The wizardry of Nabokov's masterpiece, however, was

> irrevocably literary: No movie could convey such a shimmering suspension
of
> multiple realities.
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