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Slightly Warped

Today I happened upon this quote from one of AndrĂ© Gide‘s journals:

I should like events never to be related directly by the author, but instead exposed (and several times from different vantages) by those actors who will be influenced by those events. In their account of the action I should like the events to appear slightly warped; the reader will take a sort of interest from the mere fact of having to reconstruct. The story requires his collaboration in order to take shape properly. — Journal of “The Counterfeiters

This seems very much akin to Nabokov’s compositional method and nicely expresses the collaborative pleasure many Nabokophiles get from his novels.

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