When Vladimir Nabokov died in 1977, he was working on a manuscript called The Original of Laura. And he asked that it remain locked in a Swiss vault and never published. His son, Dmitri, who also happens to be his translator and surviving heir, is now wondering what to do with “the most concentrated distillation of [my father’s] creativity.” To burn or not to burn? That’s Dmitri’s dilemma, and it gets explored in this piece by Slate.
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