Vladimir Nabokov

NABOKV-L post 0002450, Thu, 9 Oct 1997 19:11:28 -0700

QUERY: VN Interview quote? (fwd)
Since a more precise answer has not been forthcoming
today, I'll venture my dim recollection: It is definitely VN,
the original was definitely in Russian, something like
"Genii -- eto negr, kotoryi vo sne vidit sneg" (i.e. sees
in his night-dreams, intuits something completely
outside of his daily experience). My guess is that it is in "Dar".
I also guess that it is a thought Fyodor has to himself, rather
than speaks out loud. Maybe he would say it to Zina.

Hasn't anyone scanned VN's novels into electronic
form yet?

Vitaly Kupisk
Berkeley, CA

From: Andy Shaindlin <shain@umich.edu>

I recently received an e-mail with the following quote at the bottom. Can
someone tell me if this is in fact a VN quote? And if so, what is the
source, and the context?

"Genius is the African that dreams of snow."

Thanks very much.

Andy Shaindlin