One has just been sent out as a biblical dove, has found nothing green, and slips back
into the darkness of the ark -- Kafka

Sunday, September 27, 2015

More on Nabokov's "King, Queen, Knave"

Maybe I've been a little hasty. The last 2/3 of the text (IMHO) is closer to vintage Nabokov. Could that be the part of the text that got reworked the most (would perhaps be an interesting study)? Anyway, I'm enjoying the master enough to have downloaded The Eye (another text I've overlooked? saved for later? all these years).


Excerpt from King, Queen, Knave:

All right -- she should never have accepted to marry that clown with the foul-smelling monkey in his arms; all right -- she should not have been impressed by his money, she should not have hoped in her youthful naivete to make an ordinary, dignified, obedient husband out of that joker. But at least she had arranged her life the way she wished. Almost eight years of grim struggle. He wanted to take her to Ceylon or Florida, if you please, instead of buying this elegant villa. She needed a sedentary husband. A subdued and grave husband. She needed a dead husband.

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