This just in from the New York Times: Vladimir Nabokov’s son, despite his father’s dying wish to the contrary, will publish Nabokov’s last literary effort: a work in eternally interrupted progress called ‘The Original of Laura.’ You may remember my post on the Nabaokov ‘Laura’ controversy from a few months ago. To make a long story short: Vlad wanted Dmitri to burn the manuscript and notecards for ‘Laura’… But … despite having recently reached 70 years of age, Dmitri had still not burned the material. Conveniently, a recent essay/cry for help from Nabokovaphilliac Ron Rosenbaum calling for Dmitri to make a decision one way or the other had caused a worldwide literary tempest. (Such as tempests are in the literary world teapot…)
No word yet from Rosenbaum. Dmitri, meanwhile, is acting his usual droll self: Take this excerpt from his interview with the NYT…
How do you respond to those who suspect a financial motivation?
It’s true that my wheelchair requires some costly modifications to fit into the trunk of a Maserati coupe.
I highly suggest reading the entire interview with Dmitri.