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Old 02-01-2013, 09:21 AM   #5
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Originally Posted by issybird View Post
^^sun surfer's said that it's up to the members' judgment.

As I posted elsewhere, I think Lolita is clearly an American novel. Nabokov was a US citizen, the book was written in English and it's set in the USA. An American novel must perforce have been written by an American.

I think sometimes you have to be squishy to get it right.
I agree with Issybird. It would be stretching things to say Nabokov can't qualify because he was a naturalised American citizen. In a broad, cultural sense he is "from" America--from the American literary tradition.

He's an American version of Joseph Conrad. Conrad was born in Poland, spoke English with an accent, became a UK citizen and is regarded by everyone as the greatest English novelist post-Dickens. Conrad represents, contributed to and is from the English literary tradition--not the Polish.

Nabokov is in a very similar position.

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