NABOKV-L post 0022253, Sun, 18 Dec 2011 01:55:43 +0300

Subject
Barbashin-plus-devil anagram
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Barbashin + chort + Kuprikov + Sirin = Barboshin + Chartkov + Kuprin + iris

Barbashin, Barboshin - characters in "The Event," two incarnations of the devil
chort - Russ., the devil (old spelling)
Kuprikov - a character in "The Event" (colleague of the portrait-painter Troshcheykin)
Chartkov - the young artist in Gogol's story "The Portrait"
Kuprin - the writer A. I. Kuprin (1870-1938; see Speak, Memory, pp. 220-221, where Sirin is also mentioned)

Alexey Sklyarenko

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