Chamblee54

Truth Or Fiction

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on March 31, 2010


PG found a series of podcasts at New Yorker online. People, usually published authors, choose a short story from the magazines archive, and read it. Last night it was “My Russian Education”, written by Vladimir Nabokov, and read by Orhan Pamuk.

The story is part of Nabokov’s autobiography, “Speak Memory”. Before that publication, it was printed as a short story, and presented as a work of fiction. The podcast host asked Mr. Pamuk why Nabokov would blur the line between fiction and biography like that. The answer was that authors are not as concerned about this difference as editors, and presumably readers. It changes the way a piece reads, whether it is marketed as true memory or made up story.

Hearing a story read, rather than silently scanning it with your eyes, also changes the way a story feels. MRE is more about the father of Nabokov, and his dangerous political activities in St. Petersburg before the Russian Revolution. To have this story read by a Turk, with ESL pronunciation, adds the sense of a European story from a bygone era.

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  1. gary Simmons said, on March 31, 2010 at 2:25 pm

    I notice you take a lot of RR pics. Are you enthusiast?

  2. chamblee54 said, on March 31, 2010 at 2:28 pm

    I do a lot of walking, and there is a Norfolk Southern line nearby. It is the fastest route to Lowe’s and Walmart.
    I also go on hikes in the Beltline corridor. I always take my camera with me. I don’t know if I qualify as an enthusiast, put I do admire the iron horse.


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