NABOKV-L post 0019705, Thu, 25 Mar 2010 19:52:41 -0400

Re: VN and Zamyatin

Very interesting that Zamyatin had a character named Krug. Does anyone know more about this?

Date: Thu, 25 Mar 2010 16:34:18 +0300
From: skylark05@MAIL.RU
Subject: [NABOKV-L] VN and Zamyatin

I don't remember if I pointed out this before: the title of the opus 'Sex and Lex' unearthed by Van (1.21) seems to hint at Lex sexualis in Evgeniy Zamyatin's My ("We", 1921). This Lex (law) states: "Each number has a right to any other number, as a sexual commodity". Zamayatin's novel is set in the 32nd century. The characters have numbers instead of names (males have odd numbers prefixed by consonants, females have even numbers prefixed by vowels).
George Orwell was greatly influenced by Zamyatin. The Big Brother in Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949) is the equivalent of the Benefactor in "We". In Ada, Van is Ada's and Lucette's big brother... But I wrote of it elsewhere.

I notice that one of the characters in Zamyatin's story Detskaya ("The Nursery", 1920) is captain Krug.

F in "elephant" and "phallic" in my previous posts was a Phreudian slip.

Alexey Sklyarenko

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