Vladimir Nabokov

NABOKV-L post 0023695, Fri, 22 Feb 2013 08:07:10 -0500

VN Sighting: Mantel and Pnin
From Ian Crouch's Hilary Mantel and the Pitfalls of the Public
*She might have suffered the transportation indignities of Nabokov’s poor
Professor Timofey Pnin, who, when we meet him, is seated comfortably in a
compartment on what we learn is the wrong train, on his way to deliver a
lecture—“Are the Russian People Communist?”—to the august ladies of the
Cremona Women’s Club. He soon learns of the mistake, too, and a conductor
sends him from the train to wait for a promised bus. What follows
qualifies, as the narrator promises, as “still better sessions in the way
of humor.”*

Juan Martinez
-- http://www.fulmerford.com

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