Vladimir Nabokov

NABOKV-L post 0025255, Thu, 3 Apr 2014 19:17:48 -0300

RES: [NABOKV-L] [2012 Sighting] "Dying for time" M. Hagglund - a
Martin Hägglund, Dying For Time: Proust, Woolf, Nabokov Reviewed by Humberto
Brito - (excerpts) “Martin Hägglund develops a sustained attack on what he
considers to be immortality fantasies. We might equally describe it as an
attack on the belief in redemption, as it reviles the intelligibility of any
"state of eternity", … [ ] This attack is based on the author's prefatory
distinction between immortality and survival [ ] Hägglund argues… that
wanting to be immortal is nothing but wanting to live on as a mortal. ..

Jansy Mello: A few (very few) quotes from V.Nabokov’s “ADA”and “Pale Fire”
(but MH’s thesis doesn’t exactly link VN to his writings on chronophobia, as
in “Speak, Memory” and “ADA”, or to Van Veen’s “texture of time,” but to
“Nabokov's depiction of the activity of writing”) :

ADA: “One can be a lover of Space and its possibilities: take, for example,
speed, the smoothness and sword-swish of speed; the aquiline glory of ruling
velocity; the joy cry of the curve; and one can be an amateur of Time, an
epicure of duration. I delight sensually in Time, in its stuff and spread,
in the fall of its folds, in the very impalpability of its grayish gauze, in
the coolness of its continuum. I wish to do something about it; to indulge
in a simulacrum of possession..”

Pale Fire: Pf “ I’m ready to become a floweret

Or a fat fly, but never,
to forget.

And I’ll turn down
eternity unless

The melancholy and the

Of mortal life; the
passion and the pain;

The claret taillight of
that dwindling plane

Off Hesperus [ ] …..

Are found in Heaven by the

Stored in its strongholds
through the years.”

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