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CONSTANTIN V. PONOMAREFF
in Vladimir Nabokov's
Love in the present gave Nabokov back a sense of vibrant reality that countered that "ghost of the present" that had for such a long time undermined his sense of reality. Love as metaphor was like an "infinity of sensation," an almost mystical sensibility that could cross over into the dark reaches of space and time and transcend the scientific limitations of the physical universe. When we look at Nabokov's Speak, Memory
, we see that whether he spoke of his past life, of butterfly collecting, of art, of chess, or of love, of all the things that were so close to his heart, he would always transform these experiences by shifting them into a metaphorical mode.
CONSTANTIN V. PONOMAREFF is a professor emeritus at the University of Toronto and has published articles and books on Russian literature and cross-cultural collections of essays in European studies.
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