In a message dated 28/09/2006 14:29:00 GMT Standard Time, dorazander@TERRA.COM.BR writes:
A. Stadlen asked: "As a general rule, is it not crucial not to fall for the symmetries and circularities proposed by self-absorbed narcissists like Hermann and Kinbote? A large part of VN's challenge to the reader is not to be seduced by such unreliable (to put it absurdly mildly) narrators..."   I'm curious to learn  why A.Stadlen thinks that "symmetries and circularities" are merely the ones we find in VN's "self-absorbed narcissists" ( A.Appel.Jr. discussed this in relation to "an escape from solipsism").
But I don't think so. I never said this. Of course there are beautiful symmetries in nature and art and mathematics, and real circularities as in Finnegans Wake and VN's circular short story. But there are also unreliable ones proposed by unreliable people, such as some of VN's narrators, who try to reduce otherness to sameness.
VN did (in Strong Opinions, or was it Lectures on Literature, or Speak Memory, or perhaps all three?) praise the Hegelian-dialectical spiral as something that meant much to him. That is something different from either symmetry or circularity.
Anthony Stadlen          

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