Vladimir Nabokov

NABOKV-L post 0004445, Tue, 5 Oct 1999 08:16:36 -0700

Re: Quote: Is an insane companion (fwd)
Of the three responses, thus far, on the "insane nostalgia"
nostalgia quote, two came from Japan, where a Vladimir Nabokov Society was
formed this year. MARY seems to be better known there than elsewhere.

From: Akiko Nakata <akikonakata@email.msn.com>

The following sentence seems to be its "full ancestor."

Because of the unusual remoteness of Russia, and because of nostalgia's
remaining throughout one's life an insane companion, with whose heartrending
oddities one is accustomed to put up in public, I feel no embarrassment in
confessing to the sentimental stab of my attachment to my first book.
(Introduction to _Mary_, xiv)