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Subject: Re: [NABOKV-L] VN's dissolved epigraphs
Date: Wed, 20 Feb 2013 10:16:31 -0800
From: <naiman@BERKELEY.EDU>
To: Vladimir Nabokov Forum <NABOKV-L@LISTSERV.UCSB.EDU>
мог бы стоять — но нет, он там не стоит

Berberova has supplied the dissolved epigraph for Nabokov studies... or at least a frequent point of discursive depature. In fact, one could make a case that the best books are composed of epigraphs too thoroughly dissolved to permit reconstruction. The words and themes swim about, but a single syntax eludes the reader. With some books, it isn't clear whether a term of negation is or is not part of the epigraph. With other books (i.e. Chevengur), the glue that would bind the lexical elements is radically insufficient.

Eric Naiman
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