.mattfraction

In 2009, Knopf published a version of THE ORIGINAL OF LAURA — a work unfinished at the time of Nabokov’s death — as a series of collated index cards. Designer Chip Kidd created a conceptual masterpiece with this: each page a facsimile index card, perforated to allow the reader to play at editing as Nabokov did; beneath it a transcription. THE ORIGINAL OF LAURA allows you to destroy it; a manuscript about dying and auto-obliteration became an invitation to interact with the experience — by experiencing dying and auto-obliteration via the book itself.  

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    I looked into this some more. Apparently people shat all over the publication of this novel in incomplete form as it...
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