So... not Hemingway.
September 12, 2008 7:38 AM Subscribe
ProseFilter: Nabokov's Lolita
was once hailed as "a love letter to the English language." I'm looking for modern and contemporary authors with similar aspirations.
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I have a hankering for prose almost to rich for my blood. I specifically love Nabokov's ability to draw tensile connections between object and literary signifier: in Lolita, skies are "heavenlogged," killers are "goatish," plain women are "terrestrial."
I also waded through Ada, and very much enjoyed Atonement, Let Us Now Praise Famous Men, Midnight's Children, Middlesex, Song of Solomon, and God of Small Things.
What else should I pick up?