Tagged: nabokov

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...

What makes a great reader

Read everything – trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! You’ll absorb it. Then write. If it’s good, you’ll find out. If it’s not, throw it out of the window. William Faulkner In every book or story we are reading – we are facing ourselves. As the great J. Joyce said: any novel...

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...