From: Brian Boyd (FOA ENG)Sent: Sunday, November 17, 2002 4:58 PMSubject: RE: Dmitri Nabokov reply to Aleksei Sklyarenko re ADA's " K.R." (of rozy/beryozy" fame)Dear Dmitri,It's not that Van translated from an Antiterran French version but that VN prepared (or began to prepare) a French version, as he did elsewhere in his copy, for impending translations into other languages on Terra. Note that VN notes below his (partly erased) French version: "in the French version of poems in the book the count of syllables must correspond to the Russian or Anglo-Russian."Best wishes,Brian-----Original Message-----
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Sent: Monday, November 18, 2002 1:01 PM
Subject: Dmitri Nabokov reply to Aleksei Sklyarenko re ADA's " K.R." (of rozy/beryozy" fame)
EDNOTE: Dmitri Nabokov here responds to Aleksi Sklyarenko's message of Nov 15 that is appended below.
Bravo for identifying Konstantin Romanov. Van apparently did translate from a French version, which Father wrote out by hand on p. 265 of his personal copy of the McGraw-Hill edition. There are a number of his explanatory notes in that volume, and, in my copy, many emendations based on his jottings, as well as my carefully pondered corrections of obvious typos and occasional lapses in view of the Vintage edition. My corrections and the ones Brian did almost contemporaneously for the anthology do not always agree. As I recall, he published a note on this matter in THE NABOKOVIAN.