Vladimir Nabokov

NABOKV-L post 0004806, Wed, 23 Feb 2000 10:07:22 -0800

Re: Pale Fire & homophobia (fwd)
Christopher Berg wrote:

> This, in fact, seems to be what some list members are doing to me! (Joke.) To
> rephrase, once again, my question: if Nabokov had constructed a fiction that
> featured a character of African or Jewish extraction doing the things Kinbote
> does in relation to Shade (I leave out of this equation sexual orientation),
> might we not consider such fiction an example of dubious ethical merit?

Alas, nothing better than "Othello" comes to mind when I think of a
piece of fiction where the only black-skinned character is also the
murderer. Of course, a play of such dubious ethical merit could not serve
as an appropriate example.

Anatoly Vorobey,
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