Panel Discussion

Nabokov: Fragmentary Myths and Holistic Perception

12:00 — 13:30
General Staff Building, Kabakov Hall 6/8 Palace sq., St. Petersburg

The panel discussion is dedicated to the 120th anniversary of the birth of Vladimir Nabokov. “A virtuoso of style,” “a butterfly gatherer,” “bilingualism,” “nostalgia,” “Gnosticism” — how much do such dominants of Nabokov’s perception in mass consciousness and in the critics’ discourse contribute to the obscurity around the body of his work, the totality of all levels of the structure of his texts, and how adequately do they represent his heritage? 

Nabokov’s writing was complex, multi-level, loaded, with rich style and allusion technique. The process of simplifying “serious” literature has been going on over the past decades in the global literature (among writers) and on the book market (among readers), and it is either dominating or winning. How is Nabokov perceived in this context? 

Other discussion topics will include:

  • What does the name of Vladimir Nabokov stand for in 2019?
  • What is the influence of Vladimir Nabokov on modern literature?
  • How much is the reading of Nabokov today differs from previous interpretations of his works?
  • How do people read and understand Vladimir Nabokov’s works in different countries?

Access to the event for participants of the Professional Flow is by badge, for participants of the Public Flow — by printed e-ticket.