Vladimir Nabokov

NABOKV-L post 0003099, Fri, 8 May 1998 10:13:01 -0700

Nabokov Simulacrum Competition (fwd)
May 8, 1998
May I offer a delightful suggestion? Annually, I believe, devotees of
the great Ernest make entries into an Imitation Hemingway contest. It
is often hilarious, because Papa can be so easily imitated. We could do
the same with VN. His style, too, had great hallmarks ("In order to
discern at once, by ineffable signs - the slightly feline outline of a
cheekbone, the slenderness of a downy limb, and other indices which
despair and shame and tears of tenderness forbid me to tabulate") that
could be wildly satirized. What do the forum members think?

Thomas E. Braun