Sunday, May 4, 2008

The Original Laura

Dmitri Nabokov just announced that he will not destroy his father's last novel, The Original Laura. Vladimir Nabokov, Dmitri's father, left instructions to destroy at his death the 138 index cards that make up the novel. Dmitri, Nabokov's literary executor, after letting the matter rest for thirty years, will likely publish his father's last novel. Nabokov wrote this novel on 3 x 5 index cards in pencil, and died before he could finish it. At the time that he was working on it, his publisher reported that after finishing his index cards, Nabokov planned to "deal himself a novel."

The Grinnell College Libraries have 96 entires in their catalog for Vladimir Nabokov, 28 of which are in Russian. Nabokov's most widely known novel is Lolita. Lolita has been made into movies and has been the foundation for many studies and the inspiration for fiction and nonfiction by other writers, including Azar Nafisi's Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books and Russian composer, Shchedrin's opera Lolita. Click on the following link to read a brief interview with Dmitri Nabokov published in the New York Times on May 4, 2008.

Find books by Nabokov in the Grinnell College Libraries:

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