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Nabokov calls every great novel a fairy tale, I said. Well, I would agree. First, let me remind you that fairy tales abound with frightening witches who eat children and wicked stepmothers who poison their beautiful stepdaughters and weak fathers who leave their children behind in forests. But the magic comes from the power of good, that force which tells us we need not give in to the limitations and restrictions imposed on us by McFate, as Nabakov calls it.

Every Fairy tale offers the potential to surpass present limits, so in a sense the fairy tale offers you freedoms that reality denies. In all great works of fiction, regardess of the grim reality they present, there is an affirmation of life against the transience of that life, an essential defiance. This affirmation lies in the way the author takes control of reality by retelling it in his own way, thus creating a new world.

Every great work of art, I would declare pompously, is a celebration, an act of insubordination against the betrayals, horrors and infideilities of life. The perfection and beauty of form rebels against the ugliness and shabbiness of the subject matter.
Author: Azar Nafisi, Source: Reading Lolita in Tehran, p.47Saved by mlsscaress in freedom potential life art good fiction reality Nabokov newness limits 13 years ago[save this] [permalink]

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