Vladimir Nabokov

NABOKV-L post 0023636, Mon, 4 Feb 2013 22:41:10 -0200

Re: War and Peace
A.Sklyarenko: "Among the servants, fifteen at least were of French extraction — descendants of immigrants who had settled in America after England had annexed their beautiful and unfortunate country in 1815. (1.40)" Because Napoleon is not mentioned in Ada, we can assume that he did not exist on Antiterra (Earth's twin planet on which Ada is set). Anyway, Josephine de Beauharnais (Napoleon's first wife) is known on Demonia as "Queen Josephine" (1.5) The Napoleonic Wars were described by Tolstoy in War and Peace (1862-69). I wonder if anybody has pointed out that the novel's title was borrowed from Pushkin's Boris Godunov (Night. Cell in the Monastery of Chudov):

Jansy Mello: There are several references to "Wellington" in ADA to point to trees, mountain, city, Grace Erminin's married surname (no wellies, though)
Wouldn't these indicate Napoleon's existence in Antiterra?

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