NABOKV-L post 0020044, Sat, 15 May 2010 08:30:29 -0700

Re: Soviet provincialism?
On May 14, 2010, at 9:16 AM, Alexey Sklyarenko wrote: Dear Carolyn,
Belyi isn't a Soviet writer. Neither is Chekhov. He came from
medvezhiy ugol (a god-forsaken place) of Russia (Taganrog), but is too
great an artist to be dismissed as provincial.

Dear Alexey,

Some of Chekhov is provincial, but not in the derogatory sense - -
yes, agreed. But in what way is Bely not a soviet writer? Has anyone
ever speculated, by the way, as to what kind of soviet writer Nabokov
would have made?


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