ASSOCIATION: Manifestations – 2013 Conference – Around the conference


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Around the International Conference :

Vladimir Nabokov et la France / Vladimir Nabokov and France

Société Française Vladimir Nabokov / Vladimir Nabokov French Society

Paris, May 30th – June 1st, 2013




Various artistic and cultural events are scheduled for the conference. They echo the conference’s subject. Most of them require to understand French.

Nabokov’s works and a selection of the conference participants’ books will be available at the conference sponsor bookstores:

Librairie Compagnie, 58 Rue des Écoles 75005 Paris
Shakespeare and Company, 37 Rue de la Bûcherie 75005 Paris


Monday May 27, 2013 Radio Program Recording – Show dedicated to  Vladimir Nabokov (France Inter / French National Public Radio)
This show is part of a larger series of literary shows centered on the notion of exile. Anchor: Paula Jacques, France Inter.
With Lila Azam Zanganeh

You can attend the recording at the Théâtre de l’Europe/Odéon (Grande salle) at 20h00.
Entrance ticket €10, reduced fees €6

Information and reservations: [email protected]
To find the Théâtre de l’Odéon, consult:

Thursday May 30, 19h00-20h30

Opening night of the « Mlle. O » exhibition, with artists Alexandra Loewe and Indira Tatiana Cruz
Performance around « Mademoiselle O » by Indira Tatiana Cruz.

Galerie Mamia Bretesché, 66 rue Notre Dame de Nazareth, 75003 Paris
Métro: Strasbourg St Denis, Temple
Admission free.

Friday May 31, 2013   19h00-21h00

« Enseigner Nabokov aux jeunes aujourd’hui : projection-débat » / “Teaching Nabokov to the Youth Today: Film Projection and Debate” [in French]
Institut finlandais, 60 rue des écoles, 75005 Paris

Presentation and projection of a film adaptation of King, Queen Knave by Anne-Marie Lafont, French teacher at the Lycée Jean Cocteau in Miramas (High School).
Debate chaired by Lara Delage-Toriel (Université de Strasbourg, France).
Admission free.

This event takes place next to the Compagnie bookstore, official sponsor of the conference.


Exhibition « Mademoiselle O »         May 30 – June 6, 2013     14h-19h

Galerie Mamia Bretesché, 66 rue Notre Dame de Nazareth, 75003 Paris
Métro: Strasbourg St Denis, Temple « Mlle. O », exhibit-book-performance, echoes Vladimir Nabokov’s short story written in French and published by Mesures in 1936. The new « Mlle. O » stretches its encompassing gaze over Nabokov’s memories, within the context of the international conference « Nabokov and France ». Everything but an illustration, this creation is meant as an invitation to watch, and to watch in a different manner: reading as a metaphorical prism for emerging images, or the art of taking a previously existing work to foreign territories.

The two artists, Indira Tatiana Cruz and Alexandra Loewe, developed a series of new works for this occasion – drawings, ceramics, videos, and a performance composed of four tableaux, following one another and hemmed with visual sounds resouding with the four « O »s of Mademoiselle, and inspired from their reading of the story. 







Friday May 31, 2013   19h00-21h00

Bibliothèque Publique d’Information, Centre Georges Pompidou
« petite salle » (level – 1), 19 rue Beaubourg, 75004 Paris
Admission free

16h30-18h00   Enfance et souvenirs, la part française de Vladimir Nabokov / Childhood Memories: the French Side of Nabokov’s Personal History
présentation par Yannicke Chupin (Université de Franche-Comté), secrétaire des « Chercheurs Enchantés-Société Française Vladimir Nabokov ».

Tatiana Ponomareva, directrice du Musée Nabokov, Saint-Pétersbourg, Russie
« Nabokov, une enfance française ? »

Readings from « Mademoiselle O » by Denis Podalydès, from la Comédie Française  [in French]

18h00–19h00 Résonances de Vladimir Nabokov dans la littérature française contemporaine / Reverberations of Vladimir Nabokov in French Contemporary Literature
Round-table session chaired by Paula Jacques, journalist et radio producer at France Inter (French National Public Radio):                        [in French]
Lila Azam Zanganeh, author of The Enchanter: Nabokov and Happiness, Allen Lane, 2011
Brice Matthieussent, author of Vengeance du traducteur, POL, 2010
Michel Schneider, author of Morts imaginaires, Grasset, 2003


Sunday June 2, 2013    10h00-13h00

10h00-12h00 – Promenade parisienne sur les traces de Nabokov / Walk Through Paris, Following Nabokov’s Steps

A tour of some of the Parisian dwellings of Vladimir Nabokov, guided by Sylvain Schwarz, with Lara Delage-Toriel as interpreter is organized on Sunday June 2, 2013.

List of Nabokov’s dwellings in Paris (the asterisk marks the ones to be seen on the tour):

*122 bd Murat


Photo by Sylvain Schwartz

*31 rue Le Marois


Photo by Sylvain Schwartz

59 rue Boileau (immeuble détruit)

*130 avenue de Versailles


Photo by Sylvain Schwartz

1 rue Chernoviz (XVIe)
8 rue de Saïgon
9 rue Jacques Mawas (XVe, où Nicolas Nabokov hébergea son cousin en 1932)
Galerie Nabokov, 26 Place Dauphine (île de la Cité)

Tour stops:

visite nabokov

Meeting point: Café « Aux Trois Obus », 120 rue Michel-Ange, 75016 Paris, Porte de Saint-Cloud, Métro Porte de Saint-Cloud.


Photo by Sylvain Schwartz

The tour will focus upon on the 16th arrondissement of Paris, where a large part of the Russian émigré community lived, and where Nabokov himself lived.

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