Vladimir Nabokov

NABOKV-L post 0004744, Mon, 7 Feb 2000 10:18:53 -0800

VN glimpse in NYT Mag (fwd)
From: Galya Diment <galya@u.washington.edu>

In the New York Times Magazine's article on a possible replacement for
antibiotics which has been developed in a Tbilisi Institute established
by Stalin for his admirer, a French scientist, one of the current
Georgian scientists working on the bacteria-eating organisms is described
as a "Nabokovian" presence. There is really no further explanation which
is, no doubt, a testimony to the assumption that people will know exactly
what's meant. Just like "Kafkaesque" would be immediately understood, for
example. I found it quite curious because even I was not quite sure what
the author of the article really wanted to say by that!


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