Vladimir Nabokov

NABOKV-L post 0024674, Sun, 6 Oct 2013 00:56:40 -0300

Re: Nabokov on Truth (pravda and istina) - art's higher level?
Frances Assa: "When Tolstoy did happen to find it in himself, in the splendor of his creative imagination, then, almost unconsciously, he was on the right path. "
Not surprisingly, Nabokov says we may find truth internally, guided by imagination. Although, it seems Nabokov, unlike Tolstoy, was not looking for it.

Jansy Mello: Judging from his various careful commentaries, I suspect that Nabokov was in fact looking for "istina," but never as a prophet. It was a private quest, at times indirectly assumed by wordings such as the lines in RLSK ( if we give credit to SK's half-brother's fictive testimony*) : "As often was the way with Sebastian Knight he used parody as a kind of springboard for leaping into the highest region of serious emotion. J. L. Coleman has called it 'al clown developing wings, an angel mimicking a tumbler pigeon', and the metaphor seems to me very apt. Based cunningly on a parody of certain tricks of the literary trade, The Prismatic Bezel soars skyward."
* In his preface to Maschenka, Nabokov confesses that he never fails being fascinated by the fact that, in spite of some superimposed inventions, a fictional account contains a more concentrated resolution of personal reality than the scrupulously faithful description attained by the autobiographer.

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