The environmentally friendly Cronwell Hotel has been awarded the Green Key certificate.This interview (published in Wisconsin Studies in Contemporary Literature, vol. 2, spring 1967) was conducted on September 25, 27, 28, 29, 1966, at Montreux, Switzerland. Nabokov and his wife have for the last six years lived in an opulent hotel built in 1835, which still retains its nineteenth-century atmosphere. ther wrote out his answers to the questions or dictated them to the interviewer; in some instances, notes from the conversation were later recast as formal questions-and-answers.Their suite of rooms is on the sixth floor, overlooking Lake Geneva, and the sounds of the lake are audible through the open doors of their small balcony. Nabokov does not like to talk off the cuff (or "Off the Nabocuff," as he said) no tape recorder was used. The interviewer was Nabokov's student at Cornell University in 1954, and the references are to Literature 311-312 (MWF, 12), a course on the Masterpieces of European Fiction (Jane Austen, Gogol, Dickens, Flaubert, Tolstoy, Stevenson, Kafka, Joyce, and Proust).
I have always maintained, even as a schoolboy in Russia, that the nationality of a worthwhile writer is of secondary importance.
The more distinctive an insect's aspect, the less apt the taxonomist is to glance first of all at the locality label under the pinned specimen in order to decide which of several vaguely described races it should be assigned to. His identity should be immediately recognized by a special pattern or unique coloration.
His habitat may confirm the correctness of the determination but should not lead to it.
Location is just excellent, close to bus and metro stations, Nevsky Prospekt and many shops and restaurants.
Staff at reception is knowledgeable and friendly (friendliness is a rare quality in Russia).
Just a 5-minute walk from Nevsky Prospect and Moscow Station, the Cronwell Inn Stremyannaya offers air-conditioned rooms with flat-screen TV and free Wi-Fi. The Cronwell Inn's restaurant serves Russian and European cuisine, and there is an on-site bakery.
Built in 2010, the Cronwell Inn Stremyannaya features rooms with satellite TV, a work desk, mini fridge, hairdryer and slippers. A daily breakfast buffet is provided, and English-style afternoon tea is served at .
The footnotes to the interview, except where indicated, are provided by the interviewer, Alfred Appel, Jr.
For years bibliographers and literary journalists didn't know whether to group you under "Russian" or "American.
"Now that you're living in Switzerland there seems to be complete agreement that you're American.
Do you find this kind of distinction at all important regarding your identity as a writer?