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Subject: Re: [NABOKV-L] Corso Orsini in LATH
Date: Sat, 21 Sep 2013 13:25:28 -0700
From: Carolyn Kunin <chaiselongue@att.net>
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Akexey's post holds much of interest. I especially thank him for bringing Kuzmin's 3-volume (!) study of Cagliostro to my attention. I have had an interest in that intriguing gentleman since I became acquainted with Pushkin's Tale of The Queen of Spades. Kuzmin too I find a fascinating character and anyone interested in the so called Silver Age of Russian Literature will find the article in Wikipedia enlightening. Turns out that Kuzmin was a student of Rimsky-Korsakov and a talented musician. His relationships with other artists of his time are intriguing and if all that weren't enough, Nabokov gets a mention. I doubt the Encyclopedia Britannica can top that.


 ------------------------------ On Sat, Sep 21, 2013 1:02 PM PDT Alexey Sklyarenko wrote: >

COROSO* + SIRIN = CORSO ORSINI (a street at Gandora, in the Tessin, that Vadim crosses a few moments before he gets paralized). > >In Kuzmin's Kryl'ya (The Wings, 1908) the Roman street Corso is mentioned. The novella's characters include the musical critic Orsini and Vanya Smurov, a youth whose name brings to mind Smurov, the narrator and main character in The Eye, and Vanya (Varvara's strange diminutive), the girl with whom Smurov is in love. According to Roman Bogdanovich (a character in The Eye), Smurov is "a sexual lefty." Kuzmin (1875-1936), a poet, prose writer and composer was openly gay. Several characters in LATH (including, perhaps, Iris's brother Ivor Black) are "sexual lefties." > >KALIOSTRO + LESKOV = KALI + OSTROV + LESKO >
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