Carolyn Kunin wrote:Actually Jansy, I do think that VN had
the phenomenon of multiple personality in mind - - In my reading on multiple
personality I found frequent references to automatic writing and other
automatisms such as sleep walking in the literature on the
Jansy replies: I wish it were as easy as that to reach a
correct diagnosis for any kind of mental illness. Readings from a book (
which?) that gather an apparently flimsy collection of items under "MPD", among
which you found "automatism", are not enough to garantee that VN had "multiple
personality" in mind, nor enable us to find in Gradus, as "the automatic
man", sufficient confirmation for your conclusion. Automatic writing
was used by the Surrealists. It is also common in spiritualistic sťances.
Concerning "sleep walking" we have many examples along various other works
by Nabokov ( Transparent Things is the first to come to my mind now). Would VN
have this "MPD"
as source of inspiration whenever he writes "automatic" or mentions
"sleep walking"? Here I must
agree with those who think the entire MPD "integrationalist"
Matthey Roth asked: Are you reading the Girard/Coindreau translation?
VN was indeed keenly aware of the problems of translating PF.
Jansy replies: No, I'm reading the translation into
Portuguese where it becomes clear that there is no way to translate Pale
Fire while taking into consideration all the elements and "marginalia".
The entries under Mass/ Male, or even Waxwing, cannot follow the alphabetic
order in Portuguese, without incurring in another kind of distortion. World
games are also a challenge to render in another language. The translated
poem has lines with subjects that demand another kind of order for Kibote's
You read the article on the "Botfly" I recently mentioned in
our List and its author also brings up the matter of VN's worries about