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Transparent Things revolves around the four visits of the hero sullen gawky Hugh Person to Switzerland As a young publisher Hugh is sent to interview R falls in love with Armande on the way wrests h. 1972Hmm something tells me this Novella would have been greatly appreciated had it been written around 1952 The territory of Nabokov s peak and his greatest achievements as a writer This was my second Vlad in a week and sad to say it had nothing on the brilliant The Real Life of Sebastian Knight Transparent Things received some marmite reviews by the critics back in the seventies most of which Nabokov laughed off and while I won t go as far as marmite which I dislike this still felt like a well buttered up piece of toast minus the deluxe strawberry conserve of his better novelsDespite some Lolita era passages of writing which may I add don t crop up often enough the Bumbling somnambulant protagonist Hugh Person someone I never particularly cared for impishly like a fallen maestro digresses throughout of an ill fated trip to Switzerland The journey is not only actually but also one of mixed memories Hugh has been to Switzerland before once in childhood when his father fell down dead on a shopping trip on another occasion to visit an author R through whom he connects with the woman who will be his wife Later still his final trip sheds light and reckoning on the murder and madness which is at the heart of this dizzying and cleverly done Novella that is obviously designed to be re read Because on first servings it didn t uite work for meThere was also a moment where I didn t exactly feel comfortable in the most comfiest of armchairsNabokov s obsession with nymphets again when Persons is looking lecherously at photographs of his wife Armande as a 10 year old girl On a good note Person s ache at the passing of time and the lost past which cannot be recaptured gives the Novella a heavy hand of nostalgia which is symptomatic of the Chronophobia present in much of Nabokov s writing And the notion of being able to retain the past in the present as the narrator does is clearly an appealing thought to anyone who mourns the passing of time As I am sure we all do Nabokov s prose is efficient enough but not as good as his earlier work guess time caught up with him as well and altogether I found it a strange and difficult book It could be looked at as some sort of joke with Nabokov toying with us and the critics or maybe it s a personal meditation Anyway it s anything but transparent for me though Transparent Things is not in the same league as the Nabokov Novels I have come to hugely admire

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Er after multiple humiliations from a grinning Scandinavian and returns to NY with his bride Eight years later following a murder a period of madness and a brief imprisonment Hugh makes a lone senti. I read this exhilarating novella in a two hour burst knees bumped with bliss hands clasped in delight eyes lacuered to the pageThis is Nabokov s penultimate novel before the doddery so says Martin Amis Look at the Hareluins and not including his unfinished posthumous one The Original of Laura This is part of his trilogy of nympholepsy novels so says Amis again and shows the cartwheeling prose gymnastics of the last great Russian writer at their finestEssential

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Mental journey to wheedle out his past The several strands of dream memory and time are set off against the literary theorizing of R and centrally against the world of observable objects Martin Amis. Lightning ReviewApparently I don t know how to use the second reading function Whatever One of my absolute favorite Nabokov s and probably his most flat out mean spirited Which naturally translates to a whole ski lift full of fun I m pressed to think of another writer who excelled so greatly at getting off on doing horrible things to his characters and here he pretty much outdoes himself on that order Likely Top 3 Nabo for me Oops I m rapping Revelation pretty women are generally vacuous per VVN not me SistersLightning Review rating Swiss cheese


10 thoughts on “Transparent Things

  1. says:

    Things of our life Things of the pastWhen we concentrate on a material object whatever its situation the very act of attention may lead to our involuntarily sinking into the history of that object Novices must learn to skim over matter if they want matter to stay at the exact level of the moment Transparent things through which the past shi

  2. says:

    A perfect novella You can have your 1000 page encyclopedic mammoths of verbose density of such mind warpage that you must compile dictionaries of new concepts and schematized flow charts of character interrelations and I can have them too; but sometimes 105 pages of flawless tautly interwoven pulses of prose is all that's reuired to send a lover of words into ecstasy Transparent Things also happens to be a c

  3. says:

    1972Hmm something tells me this Novella would have been greatly appreciated had it been written around 1952 The territory of Nabokov's peak and his greatest achievements as a writer This was my second Vlad in a week and sad to say it

  4. says:

    Revolving around man's numerous excursions to Switzerland this incredibly short novel serves as the perfect paint sampler into Nabokov's later works As with most of Nabokov's work the plot is weird and highly original and of course his prose complements it perfectly Sometimes I read Nabokov and I come across a phrase or a piece of writing describing something and it makes me stop because it is so simple but so genius that I cannot

  5. says:

    I read this exhilarating novella in a two hour burst knees bumped with bliss hands clasped in delight eyes lacuered to the pageThis is Nabokov's penultimate novel before the doddery so says Martin Amis Look at the Harelui

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    This one is oh so clever without much soul A delicious beginning When we concentrate on a material object whatever its situation the very act of attention may lead to our involuntarily sinking into that object Novices must learn to skim over matter if they want matter to stay at the exact level at the moment Transparent

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    There is little here of enduring substance apart from the spectacle of Nabokov himself This slender volume contains all the Nabokovian elements the unconventional style of narration check; the wonderfully pretentious prose with smatterings of French and Russian and why the hell not throw in a little German and Italian this time check; the nymphet and the older man check; the Russian émigré check; there's even tangential reference made to

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    This was published in 1972 and written originally in English In 1972 Nabokov was seventy three five years before his death The writing is disjointed Simply getting a handle on what happens is difficult To state that I understand the book’s

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    When we concentrate on a material object whatever its situation the very act of attention may lead to our involuntary sinking into the history of that object Novices must learn to skim over matter if they want matter to stay at the exact level of the moment Transparent things through which the past shines Vladimir Nabokov Transparent Things Like almost every one of Nabokov's novelsnovellas I've read so far 'Transparent Things' h

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