NABOKV-L post 0003084, Tue, 28 Apr 1998 19:31:41 -0700

Query: quote source
Can any one out there identify the line
"ni sadisticheskiia laski beznosoi smerti"?

Nabokov uses it in a Russian critical essay.
I imagine the lline is from a Russian source but perhaps not. The English
would be something like:

"nor the sadistic caresses of noseless death"

The use of the word "sadistic" indicates that the phrase is no great

Whoever supplies the answer will be immortalized in a footnote.

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