NABOKV-L post 0010664, Mon, 29 Nov 2004 09:43:36 -0800

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Date: Sat, 27 Nov 2004 23:50:51 -0800 (PST)
From: Alyssa Pelish <hsilep@yahoo.com>


Hello,

I am looking for any discussion of VN's in which he describes the Russian
language and/or the English language.

I have (re)located his plangent paragraph on this subject from a 1967 _Paris
Review_ interview, but I seem to recall his memorably describing one or both
languages on other occasions as well. I am combing the Web and am about to
begin sifting through the introductions to his novels and translations, but a
direct sign post to the specific location of more of his words on the matter
would be very much appreciated.

Thanks in advance.

Alyssa Pelish
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EDNOTE. Dear Assyla Shilep there is actually a good bit about VN's views on
language. The first things that come to mind are Jane Grayson's _Nabokov
Translated_ Elizabeth Beaujour's _Alien Tongues: Bilingual Russian Writers of
the First Emigration_. Also, take a look at the Index to Strong Opinions in the
ZEMBLA web site. I encourage NABOKOVellians to send in their references.

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