Anoushka Alexander-Rose (2022) ‘Plainspoken about Jew and Gentile’: Vladimir Nabokov, the legacy of Russian liberalism, and the Jewish question, Jewish Culture and History, DOI: 10.1080/1462169X.2022.2137661
Maurice Couturier's literary memoir, Down the Line with a Smile Shadowing Nabokov, makes its debut! Professor Couturier is Honorary President of the French Nabokov Society and the author of countless publications on Nabokov, including the influential monographs Nabokov ou la tyrannie de l'auteur (1993), Roman et censure ou la mauvaise foi d’Eros (1996), Nabokov ou la cruauté du désir (2004), Nabokov ou la tentation française (2012).
This book explores how one can read and teach literature with Jacques Derrida through a series of articles on Vladimir Nabokov’s novel Lolita, ranging from 2003 to 2017. All of them resort to the French philosopher’s works as a basis for the analysis of the different chosen literary issues such as structure, genre, character or interpretation, for example.
The book addresses both Nabokovian specialists and students of Nabokov’s works, and could, thereby, be used as teaching guidelines not only for Lolita, but also for those interested in deconstruction.
Maurice Couturier's Les ruses d'Eros: Chronique du roman moderne (Paris: Orizons, 2020) makes its debut. The last chapter of this new book deals with Nabokov. It is a new and amply revised edition of Roman et censure ou la mauvaise foi d'Eros published in 1996 and translated as Novel and
Censorship or Eros' Bad Faith (Editions Universitaires Européennes, 2017).
Nabokov's long poem Olympicum, consisting of 260 lines and dated September 15, 1921, is published for the first time in the collection of articles and materials Emigrantica et cetera (Moscow, 2019). Foreword, publication and notes by Andrei Babikov (pp. 791-805).
Vladimir Nabokov (1899-1977), l’auteur célèbre des romans Lolita et Ada, est un écrivain aux multiples facettes. Imprégné de culture classique, passant d’une langue à l’autre, d’un pays à l’autre, il se démarque de ses contemporains et crée une oeuvre jubilatoire qui joue avec les codes et les conventions littéraires. Les habitudes de perception du lecteur sont constamment mises en question : une telle indétermination favorise les jeux d’illusions et les dédoublements caractéristiques de l’esthétique baroque.
Dear colleagues, I am pleased to inform you that my book "Прочтение Набокова. Изыскания и материалы" (Ivan Limbakh Publishing House, S.-Petersburg, 2019 http://limbakh.ru/index.php?id=7697) is now available for order from abroad:
Nabokov asserts in Speak, Memory that once something has been seen, there is no unseeing it, and the afterlife of Nabokov’s translations in his compositions lend additional weight to this observation. Stanislav Shvabrin’s Between Rhyme and Reason: Vladimir Nabokov, Translation, and Dialogue explores Nabokov’s life-long involvement with translation as a form of communion with others, and Shvabrin treats Nabokov’s translations as dialogic encounters full of significance for his writings as well as his stance on translation.
Alexey Filimonov, poet, man of letters, translator, and devoted Nabokovian, is happy to announce the publication of his collection of poems Звезда-полынья (Zvezda-polyn'ia). The poems pay tribute to Nabokov, St. Petersburg, the Russian Silver Age, and the poets who fired his imagination.
Princeton University Press has issued a cheap ($17.95, cheap by Princeton standards) paperback of volume 1 of the revised (1975) Nabokov translation of Pushkin's Eugene Onegin, in their new Princeton Classics series, aimed at students; pagination, except for the front matter, remains the same as in previous editions. There is a new foreword by me.
At the beginning of July, Nabokov's 25 readings presented the almanac titled Nabokov's Europe. Alexey Filimonov and Evgeny Lazerow are co-editors of the anthology. The publication consists of two volumes, which include art works by Nabokovians and scientific works, translations of Nabokov's poems, and biographical material. The works of famous and novice Nabokov researchers from different countries are published in Russian and English.
Gennady Barabtarlo's beautifully designed edition of Nabokov on dreams. Its core is Nabokov's 1964-65 experiment of recording his dreams to test J.W. Dunne's An Experiment with Time (1927), to see if any of his dreams were retrospectively precognitive. Also included are other dreams from Nabokov's diaries, and categorized references to dreams in his other work, with GB's commentary, and reflections on dreams, death, and time in Nabokov. Lavishly illustrated with images, especially of Nabokov's index cards and diaries, in the manner of The Original of Laura.
Andrei Babikov's edition of Nabokov's correspondence with his friend Mikhail Karpovich, the Harvard historian of Russia, edited, with full notes, from originals in the Nabokov archive of the Berg Collection at the New York Public Library, the Nabokov papers in the Library of Congress, and the Bakhmeteff Archive at Columbia, has recently been published in Russian:
Nabokov, Vladimir. Perepiska s Mikhaylom Karpovichem: 1933-1959. Ed. Andrei A. Babikov. Moscow: Litfakt, 2018. 160pp., ill. ISBN 978-5-9500994-0-3.