Vladimir Nabokov

NABOKV-L post 0003071, Sun, 26 Apr 1998 10:06:17 -0700

Query: Light in "Glory" (fwd)
>From <reins@uninet.ee>

In "Glory"/"Podvig" chapter 33 (.141-2) (Chpater 34 in the Russian version
I am translating) the poet Bubnov drunkenly speaks about his love for
Sonia: "...that special light, the "kana-inum" of the ancient Khadir sages"
(Originally: "... osobyi svet "kana-inum" staryh hadirskih mudretsov".)

Is it related to islamic "green man" Al-Khadir or it's simply Bubnov's poetic
invention, only "sounds like", but means nothing? Martin "did not have
complete faith either in him or in the Khadir elders".

Rein Saluri