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Vladimir Nabokov – Imagine reading fireflies

September 29, 2014

“We are absurdly accustomed to the miracle of a few written signs being able to contain immortal imagery, involutions of thought, new worlds with live people, speaking, weeping laughing. We take it for granted so simply that in a sense, by the very act of brutish routine acceptance, we undo the work of the ages,… I found myself enriched with an indescribable amazement as if informed that fireflies were making decodable signals on behalf of stranded spirits, or that a bat was writing a legible tale of torture in the bruised and branded sky.”

(from Pale Fire [1962])

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