Vladimir Nabokov

NABOKV-L post 0017876, Tue, 10 Mar 2009 00:37:40 EDT

Re: Vseslav & Szeftel

In a message dated 09/03/2009 17:49:33 GMT Standard Time,
chaiselongue@EARTHLINK.NET writes:

On Mar 9, 2009, at 6:18 AM, Nabokv-L Matt Roth wrote: Shade's muse is a
versipel (werewolf) and Kinbote's middle name is Vseslav (which can only be a
reference to the legendary werewolf of that name, as explained in "The Vseslav
Epos," by Jakobson and Szeftel).

Dear Matt,

This is the first I hear of this discovery and it's wonderful! Szeftel, as
you may know, has been identified as the model for Professor Pnin (Galya
Diment, Pniniad, Nabokov and Marc Szeftel).


Nabokov was going to translate The Song of Igor's Campaign (in which Vseslav
as werewolf is described) with Jakobson and Szeftel, but asked to be
released to do his own autonomous translation, published 1960.

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