Vladimir Nabokov

NABOKV-L post 0015831, Sun, 23 Dec 2007 21:00:23 -0800

Peter De Vries & Nabokov's "Eugene Onegin"

By chance I picked up a copy of Peter De Vries comic novel "Forever Panting" (1973). De Vries, a longtime editor at "The New Yorker," and master of literary word-play, was the author of a series of extremely witty novels. In the last chapter of "Forever Panting" I ran across a quote from Pushkin's masterpiece.

Habit is Heaven's own redress:
it takes the place of happiness. Ch. 2, st. 31

Although unacknowledged, it seems to be in Nabokov's translation of "Onegin."

Don Johnson

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