Para-Academia & Theory Fiction | Session 3: Nabokov, Coincidence and Otherwordliness, facilitated by Steve Aubrey
Tuesday, August 23 at 8:00pm at Observatory
Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov (1899-1977) is perhaps most famous for Lolita and Pale Fire, novels of startling linguistic and literary playfulness. But as his wife, Vera, wrote in a foreword to a collection of his poetry in 1979, the true watermark of Nabokov's work is the concept of "potustoronnost" or otherwordliness. Though much of Nabokov's work may seem straight-forward and realist, lurking underneath his fiction is an entire pantheon of ghosts, shades, demons and devils that comprise the true world of Nabokov's writings.
Please read the following short stories by Nabokov: "Signs and Symbols" and "The Vane Sisters". They can be found here.