NABOKV-L post 0017977, Thu, 19 Mar 2009 06:37:47 -0700

[Query] Aleister Crowley/Cammell/numbers

Yesterday Jansy asked: Perhaps the emergence of some such 666 Arabic
algarisms in Nabokov might have been used by him as a hint for Crowley
or at his theories about the Occult?

Dear Jansy,

To quote the immortal Liza Doolittle, "not bloody likely!" I'm not
sure what an algarism is (a spitting image perhaps?) but this is a
direct reference to The Book of Revelations, to which Crowley also was
alluding with his self-appointed nom de magique "The Beast". I was
just listening yesterday to a negro spiritual about the author of
that Book, "John the Revelator." Perhaps Shade is the anti-Revelator?


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