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The Stories of Vladimir Nabokov

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  • Posted April 1, 2012

    Memory holds the important things

    Our memories are the important things, people and places our minds and hearts have selected to sustain us and others. There are so many things Mr. Nabokov has remembered for and about us in these pages it's unsettling to pick only one or two in a blurb - online, no less. He knows how to look at events or items and see how we will appreciate them one day. A Guide to Berlin is an early story that shows how some of the most mundane things may look to us in a future museum of, say, a streetcar in a museum of transportation (as I said, mundane today but perhaps wistful after the disappearance of its ilk). For him literary creation is "to find in the objects around us the fragrant tenderness that only posterity will discern and appreciate in the far-off times when every trifle of our plain everday life will become exquisite and festive in its own right". I like that phrase "fragrant tenderness". And he writes about so much more than just streetcars. By the way, if you like complexity for more than its own sake try Lolita. Humbert, the narrator, lovingly recalls his overwhelming and mostly unrepentant memories (see the last page for the only one) of the misery and ruin he gave to that young girl who only struggled to survive a little while beyond his clenching grasp. It's as if Poe had risen to the level of Shakespeare or Pushkin and created a picture of a man damning himself in his revels.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 31, 2000

    simply amazing...

    This book began my love affair with the written word. Nabokov's short prose soars with a singularly intense beauty. An excellent introduction to his writing for those not familiar and a must have for fans because it contains all of his previously published stories plus some newly translated ones.

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