NABOKV-L post 0027187, Sat, 1 Oct 2016 14:35:46 -0400

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Re: [SIGHTING] Galya Diment Times Literary Suplement August 2016
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Professor Diment is certainly an outstandingly insightful student of Nabokov's work, influencing many including myself. But here I suspect she may be finding something because she is looking for it.

Nabokov certainly was fascinated by the workings of his own mind and provided ample evidences of its quirks. But the evidence for seizure activity is pretty slim . Hypnagogic and hypnopompic distortions of reality are not associated with epileptiform brain wave activity, nor are some fugue-like states induced under conditions of psychic stress, sleep deprivation or some metabolic events.

I am not a neurologist and perhaps someone better equipped than myself could comment.

A better link to TLS article: http://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/public/sudden-sunburst/

-Sandy Drescher


On Oct 1, 2016, at 8:59 AM, Jansy Mello <jansy.mello@OUTLOOK.COM> wrote:

> Nabokov and epilepsy
> by Galya Diment August 3 2016
> Evidence that Vladimir Nabokov suffered from a mild form of the condition
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> http://www.the-tls.co.uk/
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> "...if Nabokov himself indeed suffered from epilepsy, the prospect of people constantly comparing him to the author of The Brothers Karamazov, as the other famous Russian writer who was epileptic, would have absolutely horrified him. For Vladimir Nabokov there was, after all, no worse fate than being forever coupled with Fyodor Dostoevsky, except, perhaps, being forever linked with Sigmund Freud . . . . In Nabokov's estimation, such eternal companionships had to be reserved only for those whom 'Hell shall never parole'."
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