NABOKV-L post 0010592, Tue, 16 Nov 2004 16:15:18 -0800

Fwd: Turgenev and Pauline anide
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Date: Wed, 17 Nov 2004 07:52:52 +0900
From: Akiko Nakata <>
Reply-To: Akiko Nakata <>
Subject: Turgenev and Pauline

Dear Don and List,

I am forwarding a note from Jansy and my reply.

Best, Akiko


----- Original Message -----
From: Jansy Berndt de Souza Mello
To: Akiko Nakata
Sent: Wednesday, November 17, 2004 2:03 AM
Subject: killed by a dead bull

Dear Akiko

Quite outside the scope of our Pauline Anide in TT, here comes the curious
Turgenev was in love with a married woman named Pauline during at least
forty years of his life. He had had a daughter with a serf and he changed
the girl´s name to Pauline and took her to live among the Virardot
children at the home of his constant love. He followed Mrs.P. Viardot
( a singer ) to all the places she moved to ( Baden Baden, Berlin...) and
T. described home as " on the ege of someone else´s nest ".

Turgenev also wrote a novel called " A Nest of the Landed Gentry".

( this information came from L. Shapiro who translated for Penguin Edition
Turgenev´s " Spring Torrents" )


----- Original Message -----
From: Akiko Nakata
To: Jansy Berndt de Souza Mello
Sent: Wednesday, November 17, 2004 7:45 AM
Subject: Re: killed by a dead bull

Dear Jansy,

Thanks very much for the big find about Turgenev with Pauline!

As you say, Turgenev is not referred to in TT, but I think Turgenev is one
of the important motifs hidden under the surface of the novel and never
referred to--such things are too many in TT! As Dieter Zimmer and Alexey
Sklyarenko discussed in July (long, long ago!), I am convinced the
identity--at least a half--of the "minor Dostoevsky" in Ch. 6 is Turgenev.
Until then I had no idea about "Faust in Moscow," but it must be Turgenev's
"Faust." It is a kind of ghost story and some similarities with TT could be
found in it.

And now, thanks to you, there appears another thread connecting Turgenev
and "Pauline anide." I have been wondering where the Pauline is from as well
as the "anide"--whatever it is, "formless" or something like "nest," I felt
there must be something more. Turgenev, Pauline, nest. Wonderful!


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EDNOTE. As I recall (always a dubious introduction), Simon Karlinsky suggested
the the Turgenev connection in his early review of TT, but not Turgenev's
Pauline Viardot connection. Why the TT character is Pauline is so named I don't
know but the anide (=Fr. "formless") refers to the upstairs sculpture she serves
as the modele. The anide sculpture strongly suggests Henry Moore's endless,
formless "Mother" sculptures which VN mentions elsewhere in most negative