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June 2, 2008

'Natasha' — by Vladimir Nabokov


This story was written around 1924, when Nabokov was in his mid-20s.

Today's it's being published for the first time in English, in the summer fiction issue of the New Yorker.

Mirabile dictu, it appears on the New Yorker website free for one and all to read, download and/or print.

"The story, which was part of Nabokov's archives at the Library of Congress, was translated by his son, Dimitri Nabokov. It tells of a young woman who cares for her father in Berlin as he mourns their exile from Russia," according to an item in the May 31, 2008 New York Times.

Bonus: Listen to Mary Gaitskill read "Symbols and Signs," Nabokov's first story published in the New Yorker; she then discusses it with fiction editor Deborah Treisman.

Not the right time and/or place to listen to a Nabokov story?

I can understand how that might be the case.

You can download it here for later.

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