Vladimir Nabokov: "I may sail back to my recovered kingdom …"

- March 18th, 2010

“History permitting, I may sail back to my recovered kingdom, and with a great sob greet the gray coastline and the gleam of a roof in the rain.”

Nabokov, Pale Fire, p. 173 (1962)

Also: Did not know this about Nabokov: Vladimir's son Dimitri, aiming to become an opera star, had his debut in a 1961 production of La Bohème in Milan, a production which also featured another young rising opera star named Luciano Pavarotti!

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4 comments

  1. Anonymous says:

    From the Foreword:
    “Immediately after my dear friend’s death [the poet John Francis Shade] I prevailed on his distraught widow to forelay and defeat the commercial passions and academic intrigues that were bound to come swirling around her husband’ manuscript … by signing an agreement to the effect that he had turned over the manuscript to me … “
    Very similar to what happened with Tolstoy, as depicted in the movie The Last Station. Terrific movie, worth seeing if you haven't already.

  2. Anonymous says:

    BTW, this interest of yours seems to have a touch of wistfulness about it.
    I often disagree with you, but I do hope everything's OK with the rest of your life. I'm not trying to get personal here, maybe my woman's intuition is all screwed up or on overdrive.
    Mind you, I haven't read all 999 lines of that poem …

  3. Anonymous says:

    Hah! No nothing so remarkable. I'm on March Break right now — I continued on my plans despite our Parliamentarians — and simply catching up on some non-work reading and noting, as I come across them, some particularly well-formed phrases ..

  4. Anonymous says:

    Okey dokey. Everything's copacetic, I'm glad to hear. We can return to arguing when your break's over. Enjoy.

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