NABOKV-L post 0005901, Wed, 11 Apr 2001 16:32:12 -0700

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Nabokov & OULIPO
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Since new contributions to tne VN/OULIPO relationship appeared recently
(including Mireille Ribiere's precise references), I would offer, to
those
who did not see my book "Science et Litterature" (not easily available)
or
my contribution to the Nabokov issue of Europe (n° 791, march 1995,
edited
by Christine Raguet-Bouvard), an English translation of a significant
tribute to VN by Italo Calvino (an interview with Ugo Palero, september
1984 - most probably his last interview),which has been published in
"Eremita a Parigi", a collection of autobiographical fragments,
Mondadori,
1994, under the title : "La mia cittа и New-York".

"If I had to tell who is the author I prefer in those years, I would
nominate Vladimir Nabokov : a great Russian writer, and a great writer
in
the English language; he designed for himself an English language of an
extraordinary richness. He is really a great genius, one of the greatest
writers of the century and one of the persons in which I recognize
myself
most. Of course he shows an extraordinary cynicism, a formidable
cruelty,
but he really is one of the gratest writers."

For those interested, note that the May issue of the "Magazine
Littйraire"
will be devoted to the Oulipo.

Paul Braffort
paul.braffort@noos.fr