NABOKV-L post 0021898, Thu, 4 Aug 2011 04:06:51 +0300

Camera Obscura & Iza Kremer
In her memoirs "На берегах Сены" (On the Seine's Banks) Irina Odoevtsev mentions Ivan Bunin referring to Iza Kremer as "эта идиотка Иза Кремер" ("that idiot Iza Kremer").

Btw., I wrote a Russian essay on VN's Camera Obscura: "Пожалование Горна, или кое-что о пощёчинах у Пушкина и Набокова" (available in Zembla:

Speaking of fairy tales: my "Ada as a Russian Fairy Tale Spun by the Phoenix and Sung by the Sirin" was published in The Nabokovian # 55 (Fall 2005). If I'm not mistaken, it is also available in Zembla.

I watched tonight a TV film about Leonid Kanegisser, the poet (1896-1918) who shot dead the head of the Petrograd Cheka Moisey Uritsky. LK (an offspring of a wealthy Jewish family) was compared to VN, who, according to the film's author (one Innokentiy Ivanov), used his father's money for publishing (and advertising in all major newspapers) his first book of poetry. But this is not true, for VN had a fortune of his own!

Alexey Sklyarenko

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