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Looking Back on the Present

miércoles 15 de febrero de 2012

Looking Back on the Present

A commentary on "literary periods" in The Joys of Teaching Literature:

In "Time and Ebb" Vladimir Nabokov reflects on the retrospective nature of "periods" -- Inevitably, they don’t know their own name, because they are named in the most unlikely and unexpected ways by people not yet born. So, we’re fated not to know the age we live in, for the time being, and to learn about it with incredulity as it begins to take shape (and to lose texture) when we’re old and skeptical.

El Angel de la Historia

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