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Thursday, April 30, 2009

Commonplace book

Nabokov joke:
It is always rather perilous for a writer to try to toy with a foreign idiom. I like to recall the case of the famous Russian writer Herzen who, living in Putney and knowing very little English, illustrated a brilliant essay on the Britisher's innate contempt for poverty by the unfortunate remark that the worst invective commonly heard in London streets was the word "beggar."

Vladimir Nabokov

1 comment:

John said...

What was the charge? Incitement to stay within the speed limit?

Sorry I missed you guys - only just sticking my head out of the infirmary.

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