Friday, April 3, 2009

The Master

“Here lies the sense of literary creation: to portray ordinary objects as they will be reflected in kindly mirrors of future times. . . . To find in objects around us the fragrant tenderness that only posterity will discern..." -Vladimir Nabokov

We are great lovers of this man. I remember the first Nabokov story I read, how the depths of his vocabulary challenged me and had me reaching for the dictionary. Most people know him for Lolita, but in our house he is loved for Pale Fire, Ada or Ardor, and Pnin.

It's quite wonderful to hear his voice in this old film. I especially enjoy the part when he refers to Faulkner's "corncobby" chronicles.

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