Mary Vladimir Nabokov (translated from the Russian by Michael Glenny, in collaboration with Nabokov) Penguin Great Loves series (Aus, US) 9780141032900 (First published under pen name V Sirin in 1926.) Love is part attraction, part emotion and much imagination. In Mary, Vladimir Nabokov's first novel, a Russian man in Berlin, Ganin, recounts his one passionate love affair, … Continue reading Vladimir Nabokov’s Mary
The last three days just slipped by. I thought I felt the Earth rotating beneath my feet on Monday night as I watched the sun set on Cottesloe Beach. My first sunset. A pink ribbon with little ships in it. Some people paused and others continued splashing and squawking like the rainbow birds. On the University campus, … Continue reading Perth Writers Festival 2010 diary, part three: ‘I have just three questions…’
How can someone be this amusing (and amused) and articulate? I'm in love and fascinated and repulsed all at the same time, just as I was reading Lolita... While we're here: Nabokov in audio. Martin Amis on Nabokov. Shelley Winters breaks my heart in Kubrick's film version (for which Nabokov wrote the screenplay): What say you?
See also – part one: on the origins of a contemporary story; part two: on wisdom and imagination and part three: on cross-eyed novels, the time we have, and liberties of language. My feature interview with Alex Miller on his new novel, Lovesong (Aus, US), was published in Readings Monthly. You can find it here. … Continue reading Meeting Alex Miller part four: on re-reading, storytelling, and writing as a woman
The Ice Age Kirsten Reed Text, 2009 9781921520747 (Aus, US/Kindle) Prompts: LiteraryMinded Responses: Kirsten Reed One of your own ‘on the road’ experiences… I was seventeen, hitching a short distance (about forty miles; this was a leg of my journey for which there was no connecting bus). The sun was about to set, and I … Continue reading A 'responsive' interview with Kirsten Reed, author of The Ice Age
Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov (1955) Skills acquired by reading: · The way to seduce readers with lyricism · The ability to describe desire so that the reader will be both compelled and sickened · The ability to plant a wry smile on a readers face despite him/herself · The way to challenge censors, even personal … Continue reading Literature Aspiring Writers Should Read – Part 1