Lectures on Russian Literature

By Vladimir Nabokov

The author’s observations at the nice nineteenth-century Russian writers-Chekhov, Dostoevsky, Gogol, Gorky, Tolstoy, and Turgenev. “This volume... by no means as soon as fails to coach and stimulate. this can be a nice Russian speaking of significant Russians” (Anthony Burgess). Edited and with an advent via Fredson Bowers; illustrations.

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What obsessed Tolstoy, what obscured his genius, what now distresses the great reader, was once that, one way or the other, the method of looking the reality appeared extra very important to him than the simple, shiny, great discovery of the semblance of fact during the medium of his inventive genius. previous Russian fact used to be by no means a snug significant other; it had a violent mood and a heavy tread. It used to be now not easily fact, no longer basically daily pravda yet immortal istina—not fact however the internal mild of fact. whilst Tolstoy did ensue to discover it in himself, within the elegance of his inventive mind's eye, then, nearly unconsciously, he was once at the correct course.

The following we get, by the way, a fantastically outlined distinction among Chekhov's paintings and that of his contemporaries. ) subsequent follows the assembly with Nina, which from the perspective of the conventional degree will be thought of the most and what I referred to as pleasing scene of the play. really it's very tremendous. Her manner of speaking is far extra in Chekhov's line the following, while he's not more focused on depicting natural, keen, romantic maidens. She is drained, disappointed, unsatisfied, a jumble of 181 Vladimir Nabokov: Lectures on Russian literature memories and information.

The main writers of the time took half in it. yet of all of the speeches the most well-liked luck fell to Dostoevski. The gist of his speech was once Pushkin because the embodiment of the nationwide spirit of Russia, which subtly is aware the beliefs of different countries yet assimilates and digests them in line with its personal non secular setup. during this potential Dostoevski observed the facts of the all-embracing undertaking of the Russian humans, and so on. whilst learn, this speech doesn't clarify the good luck it loved.

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