Vladimir Nabokov

Nabokov's Insomniac Dreams, edited by Gennady Barabtarlo

By Brian_Boyd, 29 June, 2018

Gennady Barabtarlo's beautifully designed edition of Nabokov on dreams. Its core is Nabokov's 1964-65 experiment of recording his dreams to test J.W. Dunne's An Experiment with Time (1927), to see if any of his dreams were retrospectively precognitive. Also included are other dreams from Nabokov's diaries, and categorized references to dreams in his other work, with GB's commentary, and reflections on dreams, death, and time in Nabokov. Lavishly illustrated with images, especially of Nabokov's index cards and diaries, in the manner of The Original of Laura.


Barabatarlo, Gennady. Insomniac Dreams: Experiments with Time by Vladimir Nabokov. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2018. xvi, 202pp. Illustr. ISBN 978-0-691-16794-7


Barabtarlo and Nabokov: Insomniac Dreams, 2018