Vladimir Nabokov

NABOKV-L post 0026797, Tue, 12 Jan 2016 19:53:22 +0300

glorious friendship in Pale Fire & anagradusy (anagrams with
In his Foreword and Commentary to Shade's poem (note to Line 71 et passim)
Kinbote often mentions the glorious friendship that brightened the last
months of John Shade's life. Kinbote, who imagines that he is the
self-exiled last king of Zembla, Charles the Beloved, suffers from
megalomania. In the same stanza of Eugene Onegin in which he says that we
all expect to be Napoleons and that the millions of two-legged creature for
us are orudie odno (only tools) Pushkin mentions druzhba (friendship):

Но дружбы нет и той меж нами

But in our midst there's even no such friendship (Two: XIV: 1).

Shade, Kinbote and Gradus (the killer whom Kinbote mentions, along with a
million of photographers, in the last sentence of his Commentary: in fact,
Gradus is its last word) seem to be odno (one).

Btw., Druzhba (1824) is a little poem by Pushkin:

Что дружба? Лёгкий пыл похмелья,
Обиды вольный разговор,
Обмен тщеславия, безделья
Иль покровительства позор.

What's friendship? A light ardor of hangover,

A free talk of mortification,

An exchange of vanity, idleness,

Or a disgrace of protection.

druzhba + dva = vrazhda + dub

drug + slava + Stalin + breg/gerb/Berg + vred = Gradus + vlastelin +
vrag/Gavr + bred

dva - 2

vrazhda - enmity, hostility

dub - oak; in the opening line of his introductory poem to Ruslan and
Lyudmila Pushkin mentions dub zelyonyi (the green oak); according to
Kinbote, "tree" in Zemblan is grados

drug - friend

slava - glory; fame; a poem (1942) by VN

breg - obs., shore

gerb - coat of arms

Berg - Germ., mountain; a character in VN's story Podlets ("An Affair of
Honor," 1924); cf. Bregberg and Bregberg Pass in Kinbote's Zembla (note to
Line 149)

vred - harm, injury; damage

vlastelin - ruler; lord, master

vrag - enemy

Gavr - Le Havre (a seaport in N France) in Russian spelling

bred - delirium

Also, here is a slightly modified version of the "anagradus" in my previous

dobro + vinograd + posuda + Bordo + oda = Borodino + Gradus + vodopad +

dobro - good

vinograd - vine; grapes

posuda - crockery; plates & dishes, service; kitchen utensils, etc.

Bordo - Bordeaux in Russian spelling

oda - ode

vodopad - waterfall; an ode by Derzhavin; cf. Niagarin (one of the two
Soviet experts in PF); in his poem Narvskiy vodopad ("The Narva Waterfall,"
1825) Vyazemski calls the waterfall serditoy vlagi vlastelin ("the master of
angry liquid"), a line that Pushkin criticizes in a letter of Aug. 14-15,
1825, to Vyazemski; serditoy (angry) was later changed to myatezhnoy

boroda - beard; Kinbote is bearded

Alexey Sklyarenko

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