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A Fleshy Hogarthian Tippler – “Pale Fire” – Vladimir Nabokov

May 2nd, 2011 · No Comments · Description, Prose, Writing

it merely reminded one of a fleshy Hogarthian tippler of indeterminate sex. His misshapen body, that gray mop of abundant hair, the yellow nails of his pudgy fingers, the bags under his lusterless eyes, were only intelligible if regarded as the waste products eliminated from his intrinsic self by the same forces of perfection which purifed and chiseled his verse. He was his own cancellation.

My god – Nabokov’s prose is just astonishing.

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