Vladimir Nabokov's name was never included in the various
Brazilian anthologies of Russian poets or in the collected
short-stories written by Chekov, Gogol and several other Russian
authors I consulted.
In the "Nova Antologia do Conto Russo (1792-1998)," Coleção
Leste, Editora 34 Ltda., 2011, with works translated directly from the
Russian, I finally encountered Vladimir Nabokov's name and
his short-story "Primavera em Fialta" (1936). It comes right
after Ilf and Petrov's "Como Robinson foi Criado" and before Daniil Kharms
"Conexão". The works go from 18th Century's Nikolai Karamazin, Sergei
Dovlátoc, Lidmila Pretruchévskaia, Tatiana Tolstaia and Vladimir Sorókin. Some
of the other names are Púchkin, Gógol, Dostoiévski, Turguêniev, Tchekhov,
Tolstói, Górki, Pasternak, Bábel and Nabókov, together with Gárchin, Odóievski,
Saltikov-Schedrin, Katáiev, Grin, Chalámov, Kharms and Platónov.
Bruno Barreto Gomide was responsbile for the edition.
I learned that Isaac Babel wrote "Guy de Maupassant" and that he saw
himself as a Russian Maupassant ( in his early work "Odessa"). I wonder now if,
in Ada, Nabokov solely refers to the French writer, or indirectly indicates a
text or story by Isaac Babel?
In the introduction to Nabokov's short-story the words of Carl Proffer
Roughly translating them: " In Russia, Nabokov looked a little like an
Englishman[...] The majority of his friends in England seems to have been
Russian, while, in Berlin, he lived a totally Russian life. In America he was,
quite naturally, a European intellectual. At last, in Switzerland, he became a
mixture of all of them - but never a Swiss."
In her 2010 PhD thesis, the translator of Spring in Fialta, Graziela
Schneider, writes that "Undoubtedly Nabokov's heart remained with Russian -
and the Russians - from his childhood and his youth" (não há dúvida de que
seu coração permaneceu com a Rússia - e os russos - de sua infância e
The translator adds the usual explanatory notes. In one of them,
related to the lines in French "On dis que tu te maries, Tu sais que j'en vai
mourir -" she collects as possible references: Alfred de Musset's Fréderic
et Bernerette; Alphonse Daudet's Fromont jeune et Risler ainé; a
chanson by T. Cazorati (1871-18790 and Alexander Dumas Son in L'Ami des