Nabokov's final, unfinished book, The Original of Laura, comes out next week—his son Dmitiri decided at last to defy his father's wishes and publish the thing. From the last lines of Dmitri's intro, after he's explained that he doesn't feel his father would really mind the book being published after so long:
"But why, Mr. Nabokov, why did you really decide to publish Laura?
Well, I am a nice guy, and, having noticed that people the world over find themselves on a first-name basis with me as they empathize with 'Dmitri's Dilemma,' I felt it would be kind to alleviate their sufferings."
Slideshow via Bookslut.
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