NABOKV-L post 0005621, Thu, 14 Dec 2000 13:08:06 -0800

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EDITOR's COMMENT. CAn any one identify this approximately rendered quote.
It is apparently rendered from the Russian (?) into English, so it may well
vary substantially from it original formulation?

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Date: Sun, 03 Dec 2000 07:07:25 +0000
From: Celia Hawkesworth <c.hawkesworth@ssees.ac.uk>

Could you help me out with a translation I'm working on, please? It contains
a reference to a Nabokov quote something along the following lines -

In the "empire of the trivial" wrote Vladimir Nabokov, "it is not the book
that brings success, but the reading public."

I've used 'the trivial' as a rendering of poshlost'. I am assuming that this
is quite a well-known quotation? If so, can you advise on appropriate
wording? Very many thanks.

Celia