Vladimir Nabokov

NABOKV-L post 0025856, Wed, 26 Nov 2014 16:03:42 -0800

Re: SIGHTING/ QUERY: VN in Gibson's SPOOK COUNTRY; rubber bathtub
Dear Susan,

Your bit about Gibson’s reference (below) to VN’s bathtub is charming. I can only mention that VN’s traveling, inflatable rubber bath tub isfor real. Mentioned somewhere
(probably) in Speak, Memory. I suspect the photograph is Gibson’s creation. Best, Don Johnson

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Subject: [NABOKV-L] SIGHTING/ QUERY: VN in Gibson's SPOOK COUNTRY; rubber bathtub photo?

Dear List,

Reading William Gibson's 2007 novel Spook Country on an airplane last week, while returning home from a Nabokov panel at the ASEEES convention in San Antonio, I was delighted to find the following allusion.

Gibson's character, Milgrim, is traveling in a Zodiac, an inflatable motorized boat: "He was bouncing along at some insane speed on something that reminded him of a creepy folding rubber bathtub that he'd once seen Vladimir Nabokov posing with in an old photograph" (p. 344, Berkley Books 2008 paperback ed.).

Does anyone recognize this image?

:) SES


Susan Elizabeth Sweeney
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