June 15, 2010

The Original of Laura
Vladimir Nabokov

A Writer at Work – Less “a novel in fragments,” as the cover proclaims, than a tantalizing hint of what might have been, “The Original of Laura” remains nonetheless an intriguing glimpse of a writer at work – and a Great Writer at that. Beautifully imagined and designed (let us all now bow before the legendary Chip Kidd), this book reproduces 138 handwritten index cards, which is how Nabokov outlined much of his writing. Nabokov had left orders for the cards to be burned upon his death. Alas, his family ignored the demand – and we’re left with an insider’s look at a literary giant’s process of creation. Fascinating.


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