Vladimir Nabokov

NABOKV-L post 0005538, Mon, 16 Oct 2000 11:45:17 -0700

Fw: NABOKOV & Saul Bellow
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Subject: RE: NABOKOV & Saul Bellow

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> Nabokov didn't care much for Bellow either. As I recall from "Strong
> Opinions", in response to what an interviewer's question about Nabokov's
> view of S. Bellow, VV answered, "A puff of smoke."
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> From: D. Barton Johnson [mailto:chtodel@GTE.net]
> Sent: Monday, October 16, 2000 1:35 PM
> Subject: NABOKOV & Saul Bellow
> Th L.A. Times Book Review (Oct. 15, 2000, pp. 2-3) has a scathing review
> James Atlas' _Bellow A Biography_ . British man-of-letters, Frederic
> Raphael, who dislikes Bellow's work almost as much as he dislikes Atlas'
> bio, concludes :
> "Atlas' anthology of received opinion is as wanting in insight as it is in
> malice. He ... never remarks the HERZOG is, to a marked degree, a remake
> Nabokov's PNIN (which writers express mutual antipathy, they are always
> likely to have similarities,)...