Gennady Barabtarlo

University of Missouri-Columbia

Articles de l'auteur

Cycnos | Volume 24 n°1

The Man Is the Book

While most Nabokov's books present diegetic problems (identity of the narrator, narrative tiers, unmarked transposition of the first and third person narration etc.), his first English novel contains a special narratological difficulty which defined the narrative system he employed in the subsequent series of English writings. A plausible resolution, or at least a correct definition, of that difficultywhose first trace can be seen, I argue, in TRLSK's title and whose tail flashes so alluringly at the exit pointis of principal urgency, comparable only to that of Pale Fire. My observations will attempt to describe the problem as I see it and offer a possible solution.

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Cycnos | Volume 10 n°1

Nabokov in the Wilson Archive

“In February of 1991 I sifted through the holdings of the Edmund Wilson archive at the Beinecke Library of Yale, in search of materials pertaining to Nabokov’s English short stories of the 1940s. Nabokov used to send Wilson typescripts and galley-proofs of his work; I wished to examine them and indeed found a few curious variants, some valuable. For example, the enigmatic and strangely transporting finale of “Time and Ebb” (“…IN Ebb” in the TS), with those mysterious swans of an unknown kind silently crossing an equally unknown Knight’s Lake “in Maine”, had always had a singular hold on me the nature of which it would be tricky to explain. ...”

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