Lolita (1997)

I have recently come across an article in Russia about the long-suffering book ‘Lolita’ (1955) by the Russian-American novelist, poet, and translator, Vladimir Nabokov (1899–1977). The ‘long-suffering’ epithet assigned to the book is not mine though. It is Vladimir Nabokov himself who said so, as he was witnessing criticism and reception of his book. The book was published in 1955 by Paris based Olympia Press, specialising in erotic and avant-gard literature. The fact that did very little good to the book apart, of course, from making it popular.

Personally, I have read the book in two languages: in English and…


Some four and a half months ago, right before the great conjunction of Saturn and Jupiter in the sky, my mother had got a present… from the dead. Literally. She did not like it, and even hated it. Nevertheless, she kept it for some days on her windowsill. First, in the full view. Then, hidden behind the curtain. When in the full view, the cactus stood there irritating and annoying her, reminding of something deep inside her that she struggled to comprehend and make peace with. After two days of struggling, my mother took the cactus, put it into the…


The ‘Rebecca’ book series is articles based on the excerpts from my non-fictional book ‘Rebecca — Mystery Explained’ focused on the literary detective investigation of the coded mystery presented in the book-charade ‘Rebecca’ by Dame Daphne du Maurier.

The article-excerpts share some of the discoveries that I have made while researching and working with the text f the book ‘Rebecca’. The present article ‘What’s in the Name?’ dedicated to the meanings and significance of the name ‘Rebecca’ — the title that Daphne du Maurier had chosen for her novel-charade.

The title Rebecca’ comes from the name of one of the…


Mrs Danvers — Rebecca (1940)

One of the characters, apart from the elusive image of Rebecca herself, that lingers long before the Rebecca book (1938) by the English author, Daphne du Maurier (1907–1989), is read or a movie adaptation based on it is watched, is Mrs Danvers — the housekeeper at Manderley estate. The power of this character is such that even though she is not the main heroine and plays a supporting role, in reality, she is one of the main story influencers.

The name of the housekeeper — ‘Danvers’ — is a referral to the port of Antwerp in Belgium, — d’Anvers. This…


This piece is a continuation of the Part 1 — Once Upon A Time I Moved to Geneva…, and Part 2 — A ‘Respectful’ Scheme.

There is a saying: ‘The client is always right, even if he/she is wrong’. The statement is wise, yet it all depends how one applies the notion.

In a business that is based on clients the most important thing is to keep them satisfied and happy, for they bring in the money by staying loyal. Letting-renting is one such businesses. Lawyers and legal service is another one. In the first instance, the tenants are the…


This piece is a continuation of the Part 1 — Once Upon A Time I Moved to Geneva…

As we have learnt from our Swiss friends, in Geneva, when in trouble inflicted by one’s landlord one goes to ASLOCA, a non-for-profit organisation that was established in 1942 in order to protect tenants’ rights and represent their interests.

Back in 2017, when we appealed to this organisation with our own dilemma concerning the reduction of the rent due to the CEVA construction works in front of the building on Plateau de Champel where we lived, the ASLOCA website and all the…


Once upon a time we moved to Geneva, Switzerland, and spent their six years. Our Swiss ‘journey’ commenced on 14 February 2014 and ended 29 February 2020.

Switzerland was not the first foreign country that we resided in. There was also London, Moscow, New York, Dubai, Helsinki, and now Berlin. We love travelling and experiencing life in foreign lands, so to speak.

As usual when relocating to a new city we had to rent an accommodation that would become our temporary home. The accommodations we have lived in over years of travelling ranged from apartments in converted period houses to…


Emily in Paris (2020) TV series

Emily in Paris TV series (2020) is not what you think it is. I doubt if the producer, Darren Star, is fully aware of what he has created either. For, at the first glance, he was making a movie about Paris and the French and the clichés and notions associated with the country and the people. But, in actual fact, while achieving the initial goal, he actually produced a by-product as well. The by-product that is more interesting than the product itself. …


Recent adaptation Rebecca (2020) of the same title by Daphne Du Maurier yet again has attempted to cope with a dubious image of Maxim de Winter — one of the main characters — an aristocrat whom the nameless heroine of the book and the narrator of the story falls in love with or rather, by binding herself with him, falls into a trap of self-deception and delusion.

The challenge of adapting the book by Daphne Du Maurier lies in the difficulty of portraying a man who is seemingly not lovable, admirable, or kind, yet has an obvious status, influence, money…


Adaptations are difficult and it requires patience and knowledge to work out a scenario into good, logical continuity. — Photoplay magazine, 1917

David Lean and the crew

I have recently come across a rather poor adaptation of one of the books by Agatha Christie — the movie The Sittaford Mystery (2006). If it was not for such poor retelling of the original story the movie could have been an interesting view on a murder mystery involving the other worldly energies. …

Seraphima Bogomolova

Author, screenwriter, astro-cine journalist

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