Vladimir Nabokov

NABOKV-L post 0003178, Sat, 6 Jun 1998 08:55:46 -0700

Re: Okudzhava on Nabokov and a question to NABOKOV-L (fwd)
From: Brian Walter <bwalter@dobson.ozarks.edu>

Two other items of interest on homosexual figures in Nabokov's work:

1) Jean Walton's essay, "Dissenting in an Age of Frenzied Heterosexualism:
Kinbote's Transparent Closet in Nabokov's PALE FIRE," COLLEGE LITERATURE,
vol. 21, no. 2 (June '94), 89-104.

2) Kevin Ray's conference paper, "'_Mon Semblable, Mon Frere_':
Brotherhood, Silence, and the Unknowable in SPEAK, MEMORY." To my
knowledge, Kevin has never submitted any version of this paper for
publication, but you can find an abstract of it in the Spring '96
NABOKOVIAN. If you want to follow up on it, you can reach him c/o Special
Collections, Olin Library, Washington University, St. Louis, MO 63130.

Brian Walter
400 Hill Street
Clarksville, AR 72830
(501) 754-3499 or 979-1339

> From: Elena Rudolfovna Rakhimova <eara@uhura.cc.rochester.edu>
> Elena Sommers
> University of Rochester
> eara@uhura.cc.rochester.edu
> Hi, everyone!
> I came accross something last night , that I think will be
> interesting for some of Okudzhava admirers (to whom I certainly belong):
> " I did what I wanted" - Interview with Bulat Okudzhava
> - Kstati, -otkuda idet Vasha proza: Pushkin, Paustovskii?
> [By the way, where is your prose from: Pushkin, Paustovsky?]
> - Net, moi uchitelja v proze - eto Goffman, Pushkin, Tolstoy,
> Nabokov.
> [No, my teachers are Hoffmann, Pushkin, Tolstoy, and Nabokov]
> _Gogolja vy ne nazvali?
> [You didn't name Gogol]
> - Net.
> [No]
> - A Nabokova ljubite?
> [And you like nabokov?]
> - Da, pochti vsego.
> [Yes, almost everything]
> - Mne kazhetsja, chto ego jazyk isskustvennyj, ne svjazan s russkoi
> zemlei.
> [I think his language is artificial, not connected to Russian soil]
> _ Eto nevazhno. On menja voskhichaet svoim riskom.
> [It doesn't matter. He thrills me with the risks he takes.]
> Then Okudzhava talks a little about his attitude towards Dostoevsky.
> I also have a question to the Forum:
> Can someone point out an article( or any other material)
> on homosexual characters in
> Nabokov. This question has been asked by someone before, but I did not see
> any replies. May be there there is none.
> Thanks in advance.
> Lena.