Thursday, April 27, 2006

Nabokov on Chekhov

Chekhov's books are sad books for humorous people; that is, only a reader with a sense of humor can really appreciate their sadness...Things for him were funny and sad at the same time, but you would not see their sadness if you did not see their fun, because both were linked up.

(Vladimir Nabokov, Lectures on Russian Literature, Harcourt Brace, Orlando, 1981, p.252)



At 3:34 AM, Blogger Carol Peters said...

Gad, these Nabokov lectures are remarkable, worth reading thrice.


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