NABOKV-L post 0005934, Thu, 26 Apr 2001 11:38:34 -0700

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Query Re: "Torpid Smoke"
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from kentapscott@hotmail.com

Speaking of "Torpid Smoke", can someone explain to me what is going on
in
that story, in the adjoining room? In his introduction thereto (last
read by
yours truly circa 1977), Nabokov declares that only poor readers will
chastize him for not showing what is going on in the other room, but
then
adds cryptically that perhaps some very good readers might do so as
well.
I've never been able to figure it out. Maybe I'm only a
"fair-to-middling"
reader... Any ideas, anyone? Not having access to a university library,
it'll be years before I have the ability to read the book under
discussion
in the prior posting.

- Ken Tapscott
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>From: "D. Barton JOhnson" <chtodel@gte.net>
>Reply-To: Vladimir Nabokov Forum <NABOKV-L@LISTSERV.UCSB.EDU>
>To: NABOKV-L@LISTSERV.UCSB.EDU
>Subject: Reviewlet of Torpid Smoke: the Stories of Vladimir Nabokov
>Date: Wed, 25 Apr 2001 16:42:39 -0700
>
>Torpid Smoke. The Stories of Vladimir Nabokov, ed. Steven G. Kellman &
>Irving Malin. Rodopi: Amsterdam/Atlanta GA, 2000. 246 pp. $38
>
>