NABOKV-L post 0005908, Sat, 14 Apr 2001 12:14:32 -0700

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Re: Calvino on Nabokov & Calvino]
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Visto e considerato che si parla di un autore italianissimo mi sento in
dovere di rispondere in italiano: la precisione di Calvino non andrebbe
mai
sottovalutata: se parla di "persone" (persons) significa che non si
riferisce a Nabokov scrittore - altrimenti avrebbe usato scrittori
(writers). C'e qualcosa di grande, invece, che accumuna i due sul piano
esperenziale: entrambi disdegnavano sistematicamente la religione - non
ne
parteggiavano, non si accanivano contro di essa. Perche entrambi avevano
avuto la fortuna di non restarne invischiati... Non e abbastanza
singolare -
tenuto conto che parliamo di un russo e di un italiano? Ecco, forse,
quella
singolarita che faceva dire a Calvino di riconoscersi in VN.

- Loris
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Considered approval and that it is spoken about the most Italian
author I feel in it must answer in Italian: the precision of Calvin
would not never go underrated: if it speaks about " persons " (persons)
it means that writer does not refer to Nabokov - otherwise he would
have used writers (writers). There and something of large, instead,
than accumuna the two on the esperenziale plan: both scorned the
religion systematically - not ne parteggiavano, they were not raged
against of it. Not invischiati Perche both had had the fortune
restarne... And enough singular - not held account that we speak about
a Russian and an Italian? Here, perhaps, that singolarita that it made
to say to Calvin of riconoscersi in VN.

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> "Nabokov . . . is really a great genius, one of the greatest
> writers of the century and one of the persons in which I recognize
> myself most."
>
> Funny, I don't recognize someone so unguarded in Nabokov.
>
> Brian Boyd
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> EDITOR's NOTE. On the other hand, humility was not especially
> characteristic of either writer. As in many other cases, I have
> difficulty seeing alleged similarities between VN's style and that of
> other writers in spite of my admiration for their work.