NABOKV-L post 0018895, Wed, 2 Dec 2009 20:23:57 -0500

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Victor Fet writes:

Two notes to Independent's very incomplete note:

(a) it manages not to mention that Azbuka-Klassika published English text as well as a Russian TRANSLATION of TOoL by Gennady Barabtarlo.
Those who read Russian can look up today's news on Radio Svoboda :<A class=weblink href="http://www.svobodanews.ru/content/article/1891053.html" target=browserView>http://www.svobodanews.ru/content/article/1891053.html

It quotes Dr. Barabtarlo's note that (in my crude reverse translation from Russian :) TOoL "resembles more the torso of Apollo of Miletus whose head is unknown to us than the Venus de Milo whose handlessness is not a handicap but might be even a benefit for the whole"


(b) >>>where the writer was born in 1899 before fleeing Russia with his family in 1917.

1919, not 1917.
Nabokovs fled St Petersburg in 1917 to Crimea -- where they stayed until April 15 (April 2 Old style), 1919.
While the wonderful peninsula changed hands many times since, and is still a contentious piece of real estate, there is no doubt that in 1917-1919 it was Russia, or more precisely one of the successor states of the short-lived Russian Republic of 1917; indeed V. D. Nabokov was a Minister of Justice in its government.
Only leaving Crimea meant leaving Russia then for hundreds of thousands of former Russian citizens.

Victor Fet
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