NABOKV-L post 0005807, Sun, 11 Mar 2001 09:17:58 -0800

Re: Rosebud (fwd)
From Walter Miale <>

Re Nabokov and Proust:

It seems to me that an immeasurable superiority of Nabokov is that he is
aware of it when his narrators behave unspeakably. And one cannot imagine
Nabokov not being aware, even falsely denying, that one of his narrators or
other characters "blatantly imitates, fawningly admires, or vulgarly seeks
association with those regarded as social superiors." (Websters Collegiate)

Further: not ALL of VN's characters are poshlyaki and poshlyatchki.

Are these remarks unfair to Proust, whose big novel I much enjoy for all that?

Walter Miale