Vladimir Nabokov

NABOKV-L post 0025758, Sun, 5 Oct 2014 23:02:57 -0300

Re: SIGHTING: Vere, Turk, VN, and WS

Yiğit Yavuz: My thanks to M. Marcus and S. E. Sweeney for this interesting post. It's quite scattered … in Nabokov's novels there are many Shakespearean connections still waiting to be discovered.
Jansy Mello: I found a recommendation of “After Shakespeare” by John Gross, Oxford University Press, 2003, in Ron Rosembaum’s “The Shakespeare Wars” in which Nabokov’s Bend Sinister and Pale Fire are mentioned. Perhaps it’s worth checking into.

After holding in her hands the recently arrived thick volume of “Letters to Véra” (edited and translated by O.Voronina and Brian Boyd) my grand-daughter Juliana exclaimed: “Didn’t Véra ever live close to him?” It sounded amusing to me because it came as a genuine reaction on her part - but I quickly explained to her that half its size results from its copious notes, images, ‘foreword’ and two appendices (“Riddles” by B.Boyd and Gennady Barabtarlo and “Afterlife” by B. Boyd).
I haven’t yet had the time to read inside but there’s a lovely quote from its back cover from which I’d like to reproduce a few lines here:
“And there are things that are hard to talk about – you’ll rub off their marvelous pollen at the touch of a word…”

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