Nina L. Khrushcheva DEATH IS BUT A QUESTION OF STYLE 1
NOJ / НОЖ: Nabokov Online Journal, Vol. I / 2007 Nina L. Khrushcheva DEATH IS BUT A QUESTION OF STYLE 1 ____________________________________________ “He who finds a new ending for a drama, with no death or exit, will be the greatest man of all.” Victor Shklovsky, Energiya zabluzhdeniya hy had he moved to Switzerland? Nabokov explained it this way: “There are... family reasons for our living in this part of Europe. I have a sister in Geneva and a son in Milan.” 2 W But still, why had he settled in Montreux, a small town on the shores of Lake Geneva? The question gave me no peace from the moment I arrived. The country was marvelous, of course--lakes, mountains, cows, cheese, chocolate, watches, jewelry stores, churches, money, and banks. Everything is clean and orderly, the shrubbery and trees are pruned even in the woods, as if they were in model parks. And everything is illuminated by an incredible 1 Excerpt from Chapter 1 of the book, Imagining Nabokov: Russia Between Art and Politics, forthcoming from Yale University Press, November 2007. 2 Vladimir Nabokov, Strong Opinions. New York: Vintage International, 1990. Interviews#4, p. 49. Henceforth in text and footnotes as SO, I.