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A juxtaposition (2)

October 13, 2012

I wonder if there is really so much doom and ‘frustration’ in my fiction? Humbert is frustrated, that’s obvious; some of my other villains are frustrated; police states are horribly frustrated in my novels and stories; but my favorite creatures, my resplendent characters– in The Gift, in Invitation to a Beheading, in Ada, in Glory, et cetera– are victors in the long run.

Nabokov, interviewed for Bayerischer Rundfunk, 1971

I loathe Van Veen.

Nabokov, interviewed in Time, 1969

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