Thursday, December 29, 2011

How To Write A Novel

How To Write A Novel

“The writer’s interest in
Les Faux-Monnayeurs
offered compositional,
narrative, and thematic
vistas that could revolutionize
the genre.”—Leonid Livak,
“How to Write a Novel,”
How They Did it in Paris

Miss Nabokov—
Such a sly “Leonardo”
Counterfeiting Gide’s
Les Faux-Monnayeurs

Gide’s artistic persona—
Containing features that
Were unacceptable to
Madame Nabokov…

Like estheticization—
Of homosexuality but
She capitalized on those
Gay stylistic elements

Marcel & Édouard—
Each had their own
Unfinished novel and
So did Miss Nabokov

“The Real Life of—
Sebastian Knight” being
A rework of the French
Masters and their art

The “to be continued”—
Of Sebastian Knight was
His brother (Vladimir)
Reliving Sergey’s life

The “to be continued”—
Of Les Faux-Monnayeurs
Was Édouard’s young cute
Nephew Caloub Esquire

The “to be continued”—
Sublime and obscene “A la
recherché du temps perdu”
A chauffeur named Albert

The “to be continued”—
My cute young Creole chicken
Hot “La Marseillaise” hustler who
I picked up at the Greyhound

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