Annotations by Alexey Sklyarenko

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Please read Alexey Sklyarenko's annotations on Pale FireAda and other Nabokov works here.

Lalla Rookh chessmen & Mrs R4 in Ada Alexey Sklyarenko Sat, 07/24/2021 - 10:16

Describing Flavita (the Russian Scrabble), Van Veen (the narrator and main character in VN’s novel Ada, 1969) says that at chess Ada is not as good as at Flavita and mentions Lalla Rookh chessmen:

 

Gran D. du Mont & Magicarpets in Ada; Demoiselle & Amphitheatricus in Pale Fire

Submitted by Alexey Sklyarenko on Sat, 07/17/2021 - 01:20

Describing the childhood travels of Ada and Lucette with their mother, Van Veen (the narrator and main character in VN’s novel Ada, 1969) mentions Marina’s friend, the theatrical big shot, Gran D. du Mont:

 

floramors & trains in Ada

Submitted by Alexey Sklyarenko on Thu, 07/15/2021 - 19:25

According to Van Veen (the narrator and main character in VN’s novel Ada, 1969), Eric Veen (the young author of an essay entitled ‘Villa Venus: an Organized Dream’) derived his project from reading too many erotic works found in a furnished house his grandfather had bought near Vence from Count Tolstoy, a Russian or Pole:

 

pokativshis’ so smehu in Ada

Submitted by Alexey Sklyarenko on Wed, 07/14/2021 - 18:14

At the patio party in "Ardis the Second" G. A. Vronsky’s joke about a telegraph pole causes Marina (Van’s, Ada’s and Lucette’s mother who had a secret fondness for salty jokes) to collapse in Ada-like ripples of rolling laughter (pokativshis’ so smehu vrode Adï):

 

And now hairy Pedro hoisted himself onto the brink and began to flirt with the miserable girl (his banal attentions were, really, the least of her troubles).