Vladimir Nabokov

NABOKV-L post 0026898, Fri, 4 Mar 2016 11:24:58 -0300

V.Nabokov's autobiography as a "stereo-text" (an interesting but
not very recent quote)
Vladimir Nabokov's autobiography can be read as a stereo-text in two
languages (English and Russian) and in three consecutive versions:
Conclusive Evidence (1951) - Drugie berega (1954) - Speak,Memory (1964).
Nabokov himself emphasized that these versions are far from being a mere
translation, rather they relate to one another as a metamorphosis:

This re-Englishing of a Russian re-vision of what had been na English
retelling of Russian memories in the first place, proved to be a diabolical
task, but some consolation was given to me by the thought that such multiple
metamorphosis, familiar to butterflies, had not been tried by any human
before. (Nabokov 1964: 12-13)

Here, at the crossroads of languages, a new work of stereo-poetry or
stereo-prose is born which may be characterizied in Bakhtin's words: '[I]n
the process of literary creation, languages interanimate each other and
objectify precisely that side of one's own (ando f other's) language that
pertain to its world view, its inner form, the axiologically accentuaded
system inherent in it' (Bakhtin 1981:62).

Translation as the search for equuivalence among languages has dominated the
epoch of national culturas and monolinguistic communities that needed
simples bridges of understading rathern than rainbows of co-creativity...

Critical Theory in Russia and the West, Alastair Renfrew, Galin Tihanov Ed.

BASEES/Routledge Series on Russian and East European Studies, 2010.

ISBN-13: 978-0415673358

ISBN-10: 0415673356

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