Vladimir Nabokov

NABOKV-L post 0005010, Wed, 12 Apr 2000 19:21:23 -0700

"Pnin" in Seattle
Richard Hugo House (1634 Eleventh Ave, Seattle 98122) Presents:

Hugo Talks, a new monthly lecture series in which writers will share their
ideas on Seattle and its meanings. The series continues with author Galya
Diment on May 2nd:

"Seattle in the Sixties and Seventies Through the Eyes of a
Misplaced Exile"

Diment is a professor of Slavic languages and literatures at the
University of Washington. She is the author of The Autobiographical Novel
of Co-consciousness, Between Heaven and Hell: The Myth of Siberia in
Russian Culture, A Critical Companion to Goncharov's "Oblomov," and
Pniniad: Vladimir Nabokov and Marc Szeftel.

This talk is based on a chapter in Diment's recent and remarkable book
Pniniad, which is about the person on whom the Russian American novelist
Nabokov (Lolita, Ada) based his famous fictional character Pnin. After a
long and troubled career at Cornell, Szeftel spent his last years teaching
at the University of Washington; and it is through his story, which, like
all twilights, is sad and charming, we will see a small slice of Seattle
life in the 60s and 70s.

>From the author:

"I have been following the debate lately as to Seattle's soul, whether
it ever existed and, if so, when it was lost. Having come from Russia,
where debates about what exactly constitutes the "Russian soul" have
been raging for hundreds of years, I have to admit that I am both curious
and leery to be watching the same debate taking place here. Yet this
is not about me. This is about another Russian Jew whose journey to
Seattle was both more tortuous and more torturous than mine. His name was
Marc Szeftel, and, like me, he was a professor at the University of
Washington. He came here in 1961, when Seattle, according to the local
soul searchers, still had its soul."

Lectures begin at 7 p.m.

Tickets for individual readings will be available at the door on the night
of the writer's lecture.

Prices: $5 general / $3 Hugo House members.

Series tickets are available at Hugo House: $15 general / $12 Hugo House
members. You may order your tickets by phone: 206-322-7030, or send your
check to Hugo House, Hugo Talks, 1634 Eleventh Ave, Seattle 98122.