Vladimir Nabokov

NABOKV-L post 0023576, Fri, 11 Jan 2013 04:23:51 +0300

main secret in Fame
Таким образом, Набоков определяет и свое отношение к религии, для него потусторонность "там" - творящая сила, а не земные боги.

This is extremely obscure.

Even if I failed to guess the main secret in Fame, my observations regarding the allusions in Slava to Pushkin and Gogol are not completely worthless.

Re potustoronnost': just as we can not see the back side of the moon (according to Gogol's madman, the moon is inhabited by people's noses), the back of Gogol's chimney-sweep is invisible to ordinary readers. One expects it to be soot black and is surprised to find out that it is clean (but I do not insist on my solution).

Alexey Sklyarenko

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