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Have you seen Nabokov read Lolita?

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From the public television station 13 in New York comes an archival video interview with Vladimir Nabokov. He grouses about Freud and talks about his own inarticulateness (not that we have to believe him). At the end, he reads from ‘Lolita,’ which he was translating from English to Russian, ‘completing the cycle of my creative life,’ he says, ‘or rather, starting a new spiral.’ He reads the opening lines in both languages.

Credit goes to black garter belt for finding the link on 13’s beta site.

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-- Carolyn Kellogg


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