NABOKV-L post 0010600, Fri, 19 Nov 2004 10:17:19 -0800

Re: Fwd: Turgenev and Pauline anide
It had occurred to me, too, that the name of the servant woman in TT might
have something to do with Pauline Viardot. I can add to Jansy's report that
Turgenev (whose rooms were on a separate floor of the Viardot couple's
house) loved to hear to Pauline's beautiful voice when she was giving
singing lessons to her pupils upstairs (or may be on the floor below, I
don't remember exactly). To that purpose, he used to apply his ear to the
chimney wall in his living-room.
Note that the name of Armande's mother also seems to point to Turgenev. In
Turgenev's story Chasy, "The Watch" (1875), the narrator's goodfather has an
absurd name that would better suit a woman: Nastasey Nastasievich (a
corrupted form of Anastasiy Anastasievich). Just like some objects in TT,
the watch in the Turgenev story serves as a kind of transparent thing
through which the past shines.


----- Original Message -----
From: "Donald B. Johnson" <>
Sent: Wednesday, November 17, 2004 3:15 AM
Subject: Fwd: Turgenev and Pauline anide

> ----- Forwarded message from -----
> 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
> coincidence:
> 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
> Turgenev´s " Spring Torrents" )
> Best,
> Jansy
> ----- 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
> 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
> "Faust." It is a kind of ghost story and some similarities with TT could
> 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
> as the "anide"--whatever it is, "formless" or something like "nest," I
> there must be something more. Turgenev, Pauline, nest. Wonderful!
> Best,
> Akiko
> ----- End forwarded message -----
> EDNOTE. As I recall (always a dubious introduction), Simon Karlinsky
> 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
> know but the anide (=Fr. "formless") refers to the upstairs sculpture she
> as the modele. The anide sculpture strongly suggests Henry Moore's
> formless "Mother" sculptures which VN mentions elsewhere in most negative
> terms.

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