NABOKV-L post 0022191, Wed, 23 Nov 2011 01:54:15 +0300

Aunt Zhenya and Uncle Paul
As has been pointed out before, the elderly couple at Antonina Pavlovna's birthday party, Aunt Zhenya (the sister of Antonina Pavlovna's late husband) and Uncle Paul, hints at Jean Paul (pen name of Johann Paul Friedrich Richter, 1763-1825). Jean Paul is the author of Auswahl aus des Teufels Papieren ("Selections from the Devil's Papers," 1789, signed J. P. F. Hasus). There is a Doppelganger in Jean Paul's novels Blumen-, Frucht- und Dornenstucke, oder Ehestand, Tod und Hochzeit des Armenadvokaten Siebenkas ("Flower, Fruit and Thorn Pieces; or, the Married Life, Death and Wedding of Siebenkas, Poor Man's Lawyer," 1796-97) and Flegeljahre ("The Awkward Age," 1804-5).

Alexey Sklyarenko

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