NABOKV-L post 0014314, Wed, 6 Dec 2006 20:20:34 +0300

Re: Kinbote: camouflage or coincidence?
Kinbote: camouflage or coincidence?As I always understood it, Kinbote in his role as commentator and "publisher" of "Pale Fire" the poem is the "wergeld" in relation to the slain Shade.

But who is paying vira (the Russian equivalent of "kinboot") for the murdered Shade? Nabokov himself? Curious that vira (an obsolete, yet existing, word) is close to both "Vyra" (the name of VN's family estate) and "Vera" (the name of his wife).


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