Vladimir Nabokov

NABOKV-L post 0025060, Sat, 8 Feb 2014 12:23:39 -0200

Re: Sighting--Winter Olympics
Frances Assa: I hope every one caught the opening ceremony. A little girl falls asleep over her Cyrillic alphabet book, and wonderful Russian things sail through the sky for each letter. Letter N...Nabokov!!!!!! Imagine.

JM: Imagine! What a strange company. I checked two sites ( no N pictures, though):

The 18-chapter, nearly three-hour opening ceremony began at the symbolic moment of 8:14 p.m. - 20:14, as time is counted here - and provided a majestic spectacle that included a glowing troika of horses made of light streaking through a snowbound sky, the multicolor onion domes of St. Basil's Cathedral bobbing in the air; literary references to Gogol, Tolstoy and Nabokov; images of Stalinist skyscrapers; and performances by Russia's storied ballerinas, musicians and singers.

The ceremony began with the Cyrillic alphabet and significant Russian figures or inventions attached to each letter: from Lake Baikal to Catherine The Great, corn mowing machines, Kandinsky, Nabokov, Television, and Pushkin. Then a young girl on a trapeze, dressed all in innocent white and called Love, began a journey through Russian history, beginning by floating above a series of virtual landscapes, including the birch forests of the Urals... http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/02/07/sorry-putin-the-sochi-opening-ceremony-was-totally-gay.html

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