Vladimir Nabokov

NABOKV-L post 0015728, Sat, 1 Dec 2007 09:50:07 -0500

QUERY: Pamuk's essay "Cruelty, Beauty, and Time" and VN
Wondering about a reference in the essay - Pamuk writes: "our only defense
against life's cruelties is Nabokov's fine symmetries, his sefl-referential
jokes and mirror games, his celebration of light (to which this always
exceedingly self-aware writer referred to as a "prismatic Babel"), and his

I know that Prismatic Bezel is a fictional book from Sebastian Knight... I'm
wondering about this reference to Babel.

Does anyone know where Pamuk uses this reference - Prismatic Babel? Is it in
an essay or one of his works of fiction. My hunch is that it is in Istanbul...

Many thanks!

Maureen Johnson

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