Vladimir Nabokov

NABOKV-L post 0025788, Mon, 27 Oct 2014 11:11:48 +0100

Re: QUERY: Source for alleged quote by VN?
It's probably a mangled paraphrase of a sentence from *The Reunion*, where
Lev tries to recall the name of a black poodle that once got lost in the
woods. When he retraces his most recent steps, walking slowly across the
square, past the post office and the beggar woman, he seems to have shown
memory the way, for *his *begging is about to get answered:

*Suddenly he stopped short. Somewhere in his memory there was a hint of
motion, as if something very small had awakened and begun to stir. The word
was still invisible, but its shadow had already crept out as from behind a
corner, and he wanted to step on that shadow to keep it from retreating and
disappearing again.*.

- Philip Klop

P.S. Nabokov sent out a special greeting card to everyone recalling the
dog's name.

2014-10-27 2:10 GMT+01:00 NABOKV-L, English <nabokv-l@holycross.edu>:

> Brian Boyd writes:
> A correspondent has asked for the source of the following alleged Nabokov
> quote. It sounds plausible, but it sets off no bells:
> "the shadow of an object which is not yet present.”
> Brian Boyd
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