Dmitri Nabokov

Dmitri Nabokov’s translation is included in Nabokov’s Collected Poems, to be published by Penguin in July.

Poem: ‘The University Poem’

Vladimir Nabokov, translated by Dmitri Nabokov, 7 June 2012

1 ‘So then you’re Russian? It’s the first time I have met a Russian …’ And the lively, delicately bulging eyes examine me. ‘You take your tea with lemon, I already know. I also know that you have icons where you live, and samovars.’ A pretty girl. A British glow spreads across her tender skin. She laughs, she speaks at a quick clip: ‘Frankly,...

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