NABOKV-L post 0010413, Wed, 6 Oct 2004 19:56:13 -0700

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I am pleasantly surprised by Brodsky's translation of VN's Demon.
There is a sense of inevitable in ending phrase: 'God ordered me to
sound.'
One recalls that Nabokov criticized Brodsky for lack of economy in
words.
The translation sounds almost like vindication: poetry as a reprieve.

I haven't seen 'Demon' in published VN poems nor its translation in
Brodsky's works.

George Shimanovich

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