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Short Story Club: Signs & Symbols by Vladimir Nabokov

September 11, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

For the fourth time in as many years, they were confronted with the problem of what birthday present to take to a young man who was incurably deranged in his mind. Desires he had none. Man-made objects were to him either hives of evil, vibrant with a malignant activity that he alone could perceive, or gross comforts for which no use could be found in his abstract world. After eliminating a number of articles that might offend him or frighten him (anything in the gadget line, for instance, was taboo), his parents chose a dainty and innocent trifle—a basket with ten different fruit jellies in ten little jars.

-Signs and Symbols, Nabokov

Join us at Short Story Club where we will introduce, read aloud and then discuss a single short story. Now we return from our festival hiatus to read a brilliant short story by Nabokov, Signs & Symbols.



Although nest known for his novels, Nabokov is also an accomplished short story writer, and his lyricism, wit and brilliance with language shine through particularly in his shorter work. This curious story, so vivid in its recounting of pleasures and fears, and the way we assign meaning to objects, is a delight to hear read aloud.


Russian author Vladimir Nabokov in 1958. Portrait by photographer Fred Stein (1909-1967) who emigrated 1933 from Nazi Germany to France and finally to the USA.

Vladimir Nabokov, was a Russian novelist, poet, translator and entomologist. His first nine novels were in Russian, but he achieved international prominence after he began writing English prose

This event is free to attend and unticketed, so just come and join us for a glass of wine and some brilliant short stories.


September 11, 2018
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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