NABOKV-L post 0022840, Tue, 15 May 2012 22:16:11 -0400

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ANNC: new Nabokov publications and performance of Morn
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Dear Nabokov-L list:

I'd like to announce two new Nabokov publications this July, and also a performance in London of
The Tragedy of Mister Morn.

The first of these publications is my new edition of Nabokov's Selected Poems, which will be out this
July with Penguin in the UK and Knopf in the USA. This edition contains all the poems which previously
appeared in Poems and Problems, the nine English poems which did not appear in P&P, and a large
number of Russian poems in Dmitri Nabokov's translations. Some of these previously appeared, mainly
in The Nabokovian, but many did not. In this volume appears for the first time Dmitri's translations of
"Music", Nabokov's earliest extant work, as far as I know, and also all of The University Poem, the
novella in verse about his time at Cambridge which Nabokov published in 1927. The volume also
contains bibliographical and textual notes, and a 10,000 word introduction by me.

The second of these publications is the translation of The Tragedy of Mister Morn jointly written by
Anastasia Tolstoy and me. This will be published in July by Penguin UK, and in Spring 2013 by
Knopf USA. As readers of this list will know, Morn was Nabokov's first major work, a five-act Shakespearean
verse tragedy written between 1923 and 1924; he wasn't able to publish it in his lifetime, and it only appeared
in Russian in 1997, and in book form in 2008. The play is, among other things, a subtle reflection on reflection
and the state, as well as on jealousy, desire, make-believe, and happiness. We have translated its iambic
pentameters into a loose five-stress line. I've also written an interpretive introduction to the play.

Lastly - in honour of Nabokov, I'm organising a rehearsed reading of Morn, which will take place at
Pushkin House in Bloomsbury, London, with two performances, on the evenings of June 26th and 27th. There may also
be a reading of some of Nabokov's poems and a round-table discussion of Morn. The readings are being directed by a professional,
will feature professional actors, and will be lit and involve music: that is to say, they will not be full-scale theatrical performances,
but they will be dramatic events. Tickets will shortly be available on the Pushkin House website, but I wanted to let
readers of the list know in advance in case they wanted to be in London for these. To the best of my knowledge, this will be
the first time that Morn will have had any performance of any kind since the rehearsed reading of the Russian
text which took place on March 8th, 1924, in Berlin.

I will e-mail the list again as soon as tickets become available on the Pushkin House website, but if anyone would like
me to make sure they get a ticket, or has any other questions, please feel free to get in touch.

best,

Thomas


Dr Thomas Karshan
Lecturer in Literature
University of East Anglia
Room: Arts 2.32
Phone: +44 (0)1603 59 7588

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