“Medics brought Dmitri to a Lausanne burn unit, where he died 12 days later—albeit only briefly.”

Until I read this essay, I mostly thought of Dmitri Nabokov as the poor chump who had to decide whether or not to obey his late father’s wishes and burn an unfinished final manuscript, which may or may not have been a brilliant quasi-novel.

Now I know better.

Have a great long weekend.

-Norm De Plume

Published in: on May 27, 2011 at 12:10 pm  Comments (2)  

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  1. Oh dear go this reminds me of the horrid rhyme of Sting, from a Police song…
    ‘Strong words in the staffroom
    The accusations fly
    It’s no use, he sees her
    He starts to shake and cough
    Just like the old man in
    That book by Nabokov’

    Truly one of the worst rhymes ever, On the other hand it may be the only time an average Joe (Jane, Lllewellyn, Scott or Brittany) would ever look up and read Nabokov.Or learn or his life.
    Ah the power of pop music!.

  2. I’ve always had some problems with that lyric:
    1. Humbert Humbert wasn’t exactly old
    2. I don’t remember any specific mentions of him shaking or coughing in the book
    3. It is a very bad rhyme
    4. Sting is a chump
    5. Etc. etc.


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