Monday 1 November 2010

What are you reading? Laura Swift, Peer Mentor

I've been reading The Original of Laura, the novel Vladimir Nabokov was working on when he died in 1977. He requested in his will that it be destroyed after his death, but it was finally published last year. The narrative is often disjointed but there are moments of beautiful language and enchanting character studies. I find it more interesting as an artefact than as a novel, but the book emphasises this, reproducing facsimiles of each of Nabokov's handwritten index cards and perforating the edges so that the reader can remove and rearrange them, 'as the author likely did when he was writing the novel.'

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