Vladimir Nabokov

NABOKV-L post 0023667, Thu, 14 Feb 2013 12:27:31 +0100

Re: [NABOKOV-L] Werewolves

Matt, you may be interested in a rare, if not unique reference to werewolves in ITAB, if you haven't spotted it yet
The passage reads:

"Cincinnatus said, 'I obey you, spectres, werewolves, parodies. I obey you. However, ..."

It's p35 in my Penguin edition, a few pages into chapter 3.

Laurence Hochard

Date: Wed, 13 Feb 2013 15:54:17 +0000
From: mroth@MESSIAH.EDU
Subject: [NABOKV-L] THOUGHTS: PF & Symonds' Italian History

Re: [NABOKV-L] Ada

Back in 2008 I noted VN’s refiguring, in PF, of a passage from Symonds’
Renaissance in Italy: The Age of Despots:


1. PF: (End of note 171): "When the fallen tyrant is tied, naked and
howling, to a plank in the public square and killed piecemeal by the people
who cut slices out, and eat them, and distribute his living body among
themselves (as I read when young in a story about an Italian despot, which
made of me a vegetarian for life)."

2. From a footnote in "Renaissance in Italy: The Age of the Despots," by
John Addington Symonds (1898): "Dattiri was bound naked to a plank and
killed piecemeal by the people, who bit his flesh, cut slices out, and sold
and ate it--distributing his living body as a sort of infernal sacrament
among themselves."

I have now done some more reading in that very entertaining book, and I feel fairly certain that the following passages are connected also.

PF: (n. 62): “Everybody knows how given to regicide Zemblans are: two Queens, three Kings, and fourteen Pretenders died violent deaths, strangled, stabbed, poisoned,
and drowned, in the course of only one century (1700-1800)” (95).

Symonds: “No one believed in the natural death of a prince: princes must be poisoned or poignarded. Out of thirteen of the Carrara family, in little more than
a century (1318-1435) three were deposed or murdered by near relatives, one was expelled by a rival from his state, four were executed the Venetians. Out of five of the La Scala family, three were killed by their brothers, and a fourth was poisoned in exile

It should be noted that this passage occurs one page previous to the passage above concerning Dattiri.

Matt Roth

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