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By Vladimir Nabokov

Auf dem Planeten Demonia hat guy nur eine vage Vorstellung von der Existenzund Beschaffenheit der Erde. Die Elektrizität ist nach der Entdeckung ihrer schrecklichen Gefahren verboten worden. guy behilft sich mit Wassertelefonen,Uhrwerkautos, fliegenden Teppichen...Und natürlich gibt es auf Demonia auch ein traumhelles Amerika. Van Veen, der überaus virile Sohn einer sehr wohlhabenden und erotisch leicht derangierten Familie, beschreibt in seinen Memoiren seine lebenslange Liebe zu der schönen Ada - eine Beziehung, die einen Aspekt besitzt, den das Gesetz verbietet. Er ist vierzehn, Ada zwölf, als im arkadischen Ardis corridor die Gefühle der beiden erwachen und Lucette,Adas jüngere Schwester, störende Zeugin ihrer ersten Liebesbegegnungen wird. Auf eine glühende Kindheitsromanze und Jahre der im verborgenen blühenden Leidenschaft folgt die erste Trennung, als Van erfährt, daß das von ihm entfachte Feuer auch für andere brennt. Nach Jahren ist ihnen ein glückliches Wiedersehen in 'Manhattan' beschieden, aber auch neue Trennung, da der Vater die frevelhafte Beziehung entdeckt und verurteilt. Van führt das Doppelleben des Schriftstellers und Lebemannes und erstickt die Sehnsucht nach Ada. Aber der ihm verfallenen Lucette verweigert er sich, und sie geht an ihm zugrunde. Siebzehn Jahre lang muß Van warten, ehe er sich wieder mit Ada vereint sieht.

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The answers to these questions are many and complex, and I bring them up once again because it seems to me that the critical response to James' late style has beento put it bluntlyrather glib. The fact that James wrote like no one else has been taken as a sign of his genius. The probability that we would deplore anyone else writing like him is conveniently overlooked. Evaluations and justifications of James' style are often fanciful, even silly, and just as often theoretically naïve, transparent attempts to provide any sort of explanation for a style that is dense, hard to read, and notoriously difficult to explain.

There are reasons not to, reasons too to believe or not to. But reasons do not complete an argument. The natural end and extension of language is nonsense. Yet there is safety only there. That is why Mr. Henry James wrote that way out with the tide, but further. Marvin Bell, "The Canal at Rye" "The natural end and extension / of language / is nonsense. " I take it that Marvin Bell is talking not just about James' language, literary language, but about all language, including the language of criticism.

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