Vladimir Nabokov

NABOKV-L post 0024399, Thu, 11 Jul 2013 22:53:41 -0300

Re: [NABOKV-L} {SIGHTING] Brainpickings on VN.
It was the first time that I heard Nabokov pronounce a sentence that is rather familiar to me: "Freudians, keep out (please)," quite a novelty for me!
(> http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2013/01/18/vladimir-nabokov-james-mossman-interview/ )

But there are always new things to notice when one rereads anything Nabokovian. Now I was surprised by the sentence copied below:
"Unpacking the radiant, beautiful, plump advance copy, opening it — and discovering a stupid oversight committed by me, allowed by me to survive. After a month or so, I get used to the book’s final stage, to its having been weaned from my brain. I now regard it with a kind of amused tenderness as a man regards not his son, but the young wife of his son."
Nabokov is writing about an experience he didn't have directly (looking at the young wife of his son), but the intensity of the image he passes on is strangely clear. From a female reader's perspective, it's almost titillating to try to imagine myself seeing a Nabokov novel as a "young bride" (fresh, radiant, vulnerable????) - because there's a level of emotion in Nabokov's writings that reaches me quite independently of the meaning and content of the plot, actually it's almost its opposite. As if the fullness of his artistic experience came through by the link between good and evil.

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