NABOKV-L post 0006282, Fri, 28 Dec 2001 10:19:15 -0800

Spelling of Anna Karenina (fwd)
From: TA Colquhoun <>

Message text written by Vladimir Nabokov Forum:

>It is first necessary to understand that the termination -a is only
used when speaking or writing in Russian. Translations into English
eliminate the variable form, omitting the a and using the masculine
pronunciation of a surname, as in Countess Tolstoy or Madame Blavatsky.
One does not use Countess Tolstoya or Madame Blavatskaya when speaking

Maybe that was a consistent rule 'before', but what about writers like
Tatiana Tolstaya? Natalya Baranskaya? Lydia Chukovskaya? Are they too
'victims' of misguided translators??

Alexandra Colquhoun