Tagged: classics

From real to pseudo

In the introduction to the book Aspects of the Novel, the author E. M. Forster says that his subject is to analyze the literary works written in English. He asks himself: can he ignore the prose written in other languages? He states, “as unpleasant and unpatriotic it sounds, the truth has to be faced. No English novelist is as great as Tolstoy – he has given a complete picture of...

Maria, Masha, Mary, Mashenka…

All the most powerful emotions come from chaos – fear, anger, love – especially love. Love is chaos itself. Kirsten Miller The novel Mary was written in 1926 by the 27-year-old Nabokov (under the pseudonym Sirin) and published in Berlin. I know people often think that this book is the story about ‘the first love,’ but it is more complicated than that. The book is about the final break up of...