NABOKV-L post 0019363, Tue, 9 Feb 2010 13:43:42 -0200

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Alexey Sklyarenko: Sig Leymanski, the name of a character in Van's novel Letters from Terra, is an anagram of Kingsley Amis, "a waggish British novelist keenly interested in physics fiction" (Vivian Darkbloom). On the other hand, sig is Russian for "lake white-fish," Coregonus clupeaformis, of the salmon family, while Leymanski suggests to a Russian ear "of lake Leman."

JM: Great to learn that "Sig Leymanski" is an actual anagram of Kinglsey Amis. Before your information I'd only connected it to Sig(mund) Freud, although it didn't seem to make any "literal" sense. Actually, this one link ( Amis and Freud) remains a puzzle still, for the anagram Sig Leymanksi has been "partly derived by Van from that of Aqua's last doctor," that is a "Dr Froid... an emigre brother with a passport-changed name of the Dr Froit of Signy-Mondieu-Mondieu ..from Vienne, Isere." There is also a "Mondefroid bleakhouse horsepittle" and "another agent or double of the Isere Professor, a Dr Sig Heiler" (turned into "Fig" and other branching bottoms).

There may be something else, this time related to "Leyman/layman," and with certain German variants for "Lehman"* (I seem to recall that Priscilla Meyer's article on water-nymphs and RLSK mentions Lehman, but I don't have it by me now).

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*- In the Fall 2009 issue n.63 of "The Nabokovian" there is a note by Savely Senderovich and Yelena Shvarts about "Lehman's Diesease: A Comment on Nabokov's The Real Life of Sebastian Knight." Sebastian's mother, they remarked, "dies from Lehmann's disease on the shores of Lake Leman," to explore "what does it add to the meaning of the text if Lake Leman is reflected in Lehmann's disease? For association for the sake of association is hardly Nabokov's game." (p.72)

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