Vladimir Nabokov

NABOKV-L post 0023797, Sun, 17 Mar 2013 12:25:42 -0700

Re: Columbus II
Thank you, Jansy, for kind words. I have long been fascinated by Rasputin whom
you connect with a Dr Ivan Botkine, and only recently came to know that despite
his closeness with the notoriously anti-semitic Russian imperial family, he was
himself, if not philosemitic like the Nabokov family, very tolerant of all Jews
and treated those he knew personally with great kindness. With Russians, you
never know.


From: Jansy <jansy@AETERN.US>
Sent: Sun, March 17, 2013 6:55:48 AM
Subject: Re: [NABOKV-L] Columbus II

C. Kunin quotes "Andrey's brother Christopher Vinelander is a namesake of
Columbus (whose name means "Christ-bearer") and adds: "Perhaps so, but Columbus
(the pigeon) is now most likely believed to have been an exile from the
Inquisition in Naples, fleeing from the frying pan into the fires of Spain. It
worked and he escaped not only the Inquisition but discovered a Terra Nova.
Forgot to mention that he is believed to have been of 'Marrano' extraction,
i.e., Jewish."

JM: An interesting quote...One needs to pay attention to realize that it's
Andrey's brother who is the a "namesake of Columbus" because both are
named Christopher, i.e, "Christ-bearers" whereas, as Carolyn Kunin rightfully
points out, Columbus indicates "pigeon." This reference to the Vinelanders (and
early discoverers) also reports a slip related to names (Za tvoyo zdorovie,
Grigoriy Akimovich.’/ ‘Arkadievich,’ said Greg, who had let it pass once but
now mechanically corrected Van./‘Ach yes! Stupid slip of the slovenly tongue.
How is Arkadiy Grigorievich?’") Was Columbus indirectly mentioned by the
choice of the name"Chirstopher"?

Thanks, Carolym, for the ellucidation about both Francis (St.Francis of Assisi
and St. Francis Xavier) and the new Pope's choice of a name.

I think that John Francis Shade's and Charles Xavier Kinbote's middle
names may suggest a split personality as you maintain. Not only the two names
appear together in history ("Francis-Xavier was one of Loyola's first
followers, hence an early Jesuit"), but also in the fictional character's, from
Marvel Comics, Professor Charles Francis Xavier, also known as Professor X, the
superhero that is known as the leader and founder of the X-Men.(however, I
believe that Professor X was created after PF was published) There is also a
book about "La révolution russe" written by another François-Xavier
(François-Xavier Coquin).
St.Francis Xavier's name is Francisco de Jaso y Azpilicueta - and Xavier
indicates his birthplace.in Spain.(wikipedia)

btw: There was a dr. Ivan Botkine whose name came in associated to Rasputin's,
at least according to a chance find by googling: "I knew full well that she
understood that once Kokovtsov obtained evidence too many people would be
implicated, and perhaps a public trial might result. Both she and Rasputin, no
doubt,realised that it would be unwise to allow a member of the Okhrana as
Botkine had been to be arrested, for fear of the scandal public revelations
would cause.

William Le Queux - The Minister of Evil - The Secret History of Rasputin's
Betrayal of Russia.
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