Saturday, October 11, 2014

affinities XIX

1 & 3: War with the Newts (Karel Čapek, 1936); 2 & 4: Lolita (Vladimir Nabokov, 1955).

A few pages before this section in War with the Newts we're introduced to a character named "Jens Jensen," which also brings to mind Lolita (Humbert Humbert). It's not too much of a stretch to imagine that Nabokov read Čapek's book, quite popular in its time and shortly thereafter.

To those interested in reading Čapek excellent satire I recommend the Osers translation. Many of the funniest passages lose their spark in Weatherall's version.

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