NABOKV-L post 0012125, Thu, 24 Nov 2005 21:30:39 -0800

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Date: Thu, 24 Nov 2005 23:50:17 -0500
From: "Sandy P. Klein" <spklein52@hotmail.com>

[1][2]Today
is Nov. 25, 2005 07:38 AM (GMT +0300) Moscow Nabokov’s Son to Keep
Manuscript
Kommersant, Russia - 5 hours ago
... VLADIMIR NABOKOV Museum in St. ... These some 30-40 pages are now
kept at a bank in Switzerland. VLADIMIR NABOKOV willed to destroy the
manuscript. ...
http://www.kommersant.com/page.asp?idr=500&id=629548[3] Nov. 25, 2005
Fortunately, Dmitry Nabokov has not executed his father’s will to
burn the manuscript of The Original of Laura yet.

Russian Article as of Nov. 25,
2005================================================

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NEWS / KOMMERSANT Daily, NOVEMBER 25, 2005

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NewsFortunately, Dmitry Nabokov has not executed his father’s will
to burn the manuscript of The Original of Laura yet.Photo: Alexey
Zhigaylov[7]

Nabokov’s Son to Keep Manuscript
Dmitry NABOKOV is NOT GOING TO DESTROY the unfinished MANUSCRIPT of
his father’s _The Original of Laura_, despite yesterday’s reports in
the U.S. and British press. The manuscript that the great novelist
willed to destroy is still kept in Switzerland.
“I haven’t made the decision yet,” Dmitry Nabokov told _Kommersant_.
The son of the great writer said that he had once mentioned his
father’s manuscript and will in a conversation but never said that he
was going to destroy it. The distorted information leaked to _New York
Observer _where Ron Rosenbaum wrote an article calling on Nabokov’s
offspring to keep _The Original of Laura_.

Vladimir Nabokov Museum in St. Petersburg confirmed that the
novelist’s correspondence included references to The _Original of
Laura_. Yet, little is known about the work. Presumably, it is an
autobiographical love story. These some 30-40 pages are now kept at a
bank in Switzerland.

Vladimir Nabokov willed to destroy the manuscript. After the writer’s
death in 1977, his wife Vera put off the execution of the will. She
died in 1991, and Nabokov Jr. assumed the rights on the manuscript.
“This is a tough decision,” he told _Kommersant _and mentioned a
possible way out. He is considering placing the manuscript at a
library or a university archive only if it is safe and unavailable.
However, Dmitry Nabokov would not say if researchers get access to
the manuscript. “Perhaps, in 50 years.” The apprehensions of the
writer’s son are primarily due to recent publications about his
father. There has lately been a surge of articles on the authorship
of Nabokov’s Lolita. Nabokov Jr. says that he does not want _The
Original of Laura _to be attacked by journalist investigations. “This
fragile thing doesn’t deserve an attitude like this.” by
www.kommersant.com

Russian Article as of Nov. 25, 2005



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