NABOKV-L post 0022169, Mon, 14 Nov 2011 01:02:27 +0300

In the Appendix to "The Stories of Vladimir Nabokov" we read:

"Bakhman" was written in Berlin in October 1924. It was serialized in Rul', November 2 and 4 of that year, and included in my Vozvrashchenie Chorba collection of short stories, Slovo, Berlin, 1930. I am told that a pianist existed with some of my invented musician's peculiar traits.

I wonder if this pianist wasn't the Odessa-born Vladimir de Pachman (1848-1933)?

In certain other respects he [Bakhman] is related to Luzhin, the chess player of The Defense (Zashchita Luzhina, 1930), G. P. Putnam's Sons, New York, 1964.

On the other hand, Vladimir Pachman (1918-84) was a Czech chess composer.

Alexey Sklyarenko

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