Vladimir Nabokov’s Terra Incognita and The Vane Sisters

This one-meeting study is an opportunity to notice and savour the details in two of Nabokov’s short stories. We will see things and hear things; we will visualize the rooms, the clothes and the manners of the author’s people. We will read not just with our hearts, not just with our brains, but with our spines. For it is there that the tell-tale tingle occurs.

Although this stand-alone session is an introduction to Nabokov’s stories, it is also a gateway drug to an upcoming study of the author’s addictive novel Pale Fire.


  • One-meeting study
  • The facilitator will provide participants with copies of the stories and pre-session reading material to help situate the reader in the texts.

The facilitated discussion will use these stories as a springboard for our conversation; we welcome participant questions, responses and ideas as we navigate the challenges of the work. There is no expectation of previous study or work with the texts nor in the academic tradition: this study will challenge and invigorate the first-time reader as well as the life-long lover of Vladimir Nabokov’s extraordinary prose.

If you would like to request this study or have any questions about it, please contact us.



Posted on

June 26, 2018