Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Son of Son of Just Announced: The "New" Nabokov

Monday was not a day for the faint of heart in Bookworld; announcements were flying right and left. In addition to Dan Brown and the Pulitzers, it was also revealed that in November Knopf will publish the final unfinished manuscript of Vladimir Nabokov. Now known as The Original of Laura, it was written by Nabokov on 138 index cards, which will be reproduced along with transcripts on facing pages in the Knopf edition.

The existence of this manuscript has been known for some time. One of the reasons for its delay in being published is an age old dilemma: what to do if you have work of potentially great interest or quality that the creator of that work wanted destroyed after his/her death. Despite his father's wishes, Vladimir Nabokov's son Dmitri has decided to go ahead with its publication. The debate no doubt will continue.

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