NABOKV-L post 0022872, Wed, 23 May 2012 21:10:39 -0400

Re: Help locating Kitezh? V.I. Bielsky?
Dear Carolyn:


for the original Legend written down in 1237 (in Old Russian and modern Russian translation)

See also

Victor Fet

From: Vladimir Nabokov Forum [NABOKV-L@LISTSERV.UCSB.EDU] on behalf of Carolyn Kunin [chaiselongue@ATT.NET]
Sent: Monday, May 21, 2012 8:56 PM
Subject: [NABOKV-L] Help locating Kitezh? V.I. Bielsky?

To the List,

When Professor Taruskin learned that I was pursuing Sirin, the Russian folkloric bird and early nom de plumage of our own V Cantaboff (interesting initials, btw), he pointed me in the direction of Kitezh (as in the legend of the invisible city of).* I have begun listening to a recording of the Rimsky-Korsakov opera (Sirin should turn up in the fourth act, I believe) but have been unsuccessful in finding a reference to a written version of the story. Can anyone help? Is there a literary version? The name of Rimsky's librettist was Vladimir Ivanovich Bielsky** if this is should happen to ring any bells?

with many thanks from
unSeen Kunin

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