Annotations by Alexey Sklyarenko

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Please read Alexey Sklyarenko's annotations on Pale FireAda and other Nabokov works here.

lazy Garh & good grunter in Pale Fire

Submitted by Alexey Sklyarenko on Wed, 07/06/2022 - 07:19

Describing the king’s escape from Zembla, Kinbote (in VN’s novel Pale Fire, 1962, Shade’s mad commentator who imagines that he is Charles the Beloved, the last self-exiled king of Zembla) mentions lazy Garh, the farmer's daughter who shows to the king the shortest way to the pass:

 

St. Algebra, Providence & chance in Lolita

Submitted by Alexey Sklyarenko on Sat, 07/02/2022 - 14:22

In VN's novel Lolita (1955) Humbert Humbert is afraid that his wife Charlotte will bundle off Lolita to St. Algebra:

 

There was a woodlake (Hourglass Lake - not as I had thought it was spelled) a few miles from Ramsdale, and there was one week of great heat at the end of July when we drove there daily. I am now obliged to describe in some tedious detail our last swim there together, one tropical Tuesday morning.

typo on every page & 'skyscape' in Ada

Submitted by Alexey Sklyarenko on Fri, 07/01/2022 - 11:17

Describing his professional dreams, Van Veen (the narrator and main character in VN’s novel Ada, 1969) mentions a typo on every page and coins the word ‘skyscape:’

 

What are dreams? A random sequence of scenes, trivial or tragic, viatic or static, fantastic or familiar, featuring more or less plausible events patched up with grotesque details, and recasting dead people in new settings.

Bustle & Vanity of World in Pale Fire

Submitted by Alexey Sklyarenko on Wed, 06/29/2022 - 21:12

According to Kinbote (in VN’s novel Pale Fire, 1962, Shade’s mad commentator who imagines that he is Charles the Beloved, the last self-exiled king of Zembla), Shade began writing Canto Two of his poem on July 5, 1959, and on the same day Gradus (Shade’s murderer) traveled from Onhava (the capital of Zembla) to Copenhagen:

 

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