Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Javier Marías's Debt to TranslationSterne, Browne, Nabokov$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Gareth J. Wood

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199651337

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199651337.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (oxford.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use. date: 26 January 2021



(p.226) 8 Nabokov
Javier Marías's Debt to Translation

Gareth Wood

Oxford University Press

Marías's prolonged interest in the work of Vladimir Nabokov is explored in this chapter, starting with a comparison of their public personae. Discussion aims to give a sense of the extent of Marías's reading of Nabokov, then turns to an analysis of his condensed retelling of the latter's most famous novel, Lolita. That condensed retelling, entitled ‘Lolita recontada’, turns out to be a beautifully rendered palimpsest of the original text, comprising quotation, paraphrase, and invention. That retelling of Lolita is then used to elucidate a reading of Marías's short story ‘Mientras ellas duermen’ in which an obsessive and aberr ant husband obsessively films his very young bride in order to capture her last moments on earth before he kills her.

Keywords:   Vladimir Nabokov, Lolita, ‘Mientras ellas duermen’, palimpsest, ‘Lolita recontada’

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .