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Nabokov's love letters to be published

22nd November 2010

Around 300 love letters that Russian novelist Vladimir Nabokov wrote to his wife Vera Slonim are to be published.

Dmitri Nabokov, the son of the writer, told the Indo-Asian News Service that the letters will be published next year in a volume called Letters to Vera.

'I've been planning to release these notes for a long time … because they allow us to take a closer look at the relationship between two remarkably fine and talented people,' he commented.

He added that the love letters, which were written between 1923 and 1975, are a 'pre-eminent epitome of Nabokov's prose'.

However, Slonim's responses to the Lolita author's letters will not be included in the book, as she believed in maintaining her private life and did not want her correspondence published, the younger Nabokov told the news agency.

One year ago, Nabokov's unfinished The Original of Laura was published, despite the author asking his wife to destroy the incomplete manuscript. His son spent 30 years deciding whether to follow his father's wishes or release the novel.
 

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