April 24, 2008

Son Decides to Publish Last Nabokov Novel

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Vladimir Nabokov’s son Dmitri has told Germany’s Der Spiegel that he has finally decided to ignore his father’s instructions to burn his final manuscript, The Original of Laura, and will instead have it published. Dmitri said, “I’m a loyal son and thought long and seriously about it, then my father appeared before me and said, with an ironic grin, ‘You’re stuck in a right old mess – just go ahead and publish!’”

Dmitri has called the manuscript “the most concentrated distillation of [my father’s] creativity.”

As reported by the Guardian blog: “Nabokov’s last work will not be burned.”