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In this collection of interviews, articles and editorials, the author discusses art, education, politics, literature, movies, and his own life.
Posted July 3, 2011
I would recommend this to anyone, whether you like Nabokov or not. It's a sort of scapbook of interviews, essays, articles, and other such stuff. Basically, one of the great genuises of world literature speaks his mind on all kinds of topics, from the trivial to the profound. Nabokov's deadpan wit is scathing and absolutely hilarious in regards to Freud, modern art, fashionable Russion writers, "poetic" translations, symbolism in literary analysis, modern poetry, and all manner of sacred cows. He is perhaps at his funniest when actually critiquing his poor interviewers for their innocent preconceptions of words like "reality", or "conformity". His mind is a treasure-trove of the weird, disturbing, and absurd. Bizzare facts about tapeworms and the torture of exotic songbirds are placed alongside lepidoptera and literature. Simply one of the best books of essays ever compiled.
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