This video is a reconstruction of a lecture Vladimir Nabokov gave on Franz Kafka’s ‘The Metamorphosis’ in Cornell University in the late 1940s. In his original lectures on literature Nabokov wrote;
From my point of view, any outstanding work of art is a fantasy insofar as it reflects the unique world of a unique individual.
In this reconstruction, made in 1989, actor Christopher Plummer introduces the lecture and then goes on to play the part of Nabokov. It’s worth noting that we very rarely see this type of programming on TV anymore and it’s a real tragedy that we don’t.
Via Open Culture
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