NABOKV-L post 0003553, Sat, 26 Dec 1998 16:07:39 -0800

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EDITOR's NOTE. Mike Yakoubov <qub@qub.com> sends NABOKV-L the item below
"Nabokov in Knickerbockers" from the Russian newspaper _Kommersant_.
Briefly summarized, it recounts the shipment to Montreux of a bronze
sculpture of VN done by the young artist Filipp Rukavishnikov. It will
stand in front of the Palace Hotel where it is to be unveiled on April 23,
1999. The statue has received Dmitri's Nabokov's approval,
although he is reportedly not keen about the knickerbockers.
The sculptor is the son (and student) of Aleksandr Rukavishnikov at the
Surikov Institute. Rukavishnikov senior did the Dostoevsky Monument at the
Lenin Library in Moscow.

The article does not say whether the sculptors are related to Nabokov
mother whose maiden name was Rukavishnikov. Cf. _Speak, Memory_'s "Uncle
Ruka".
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Nabokov v nikkerbokerakh.

Segodnya iz Moskvy v shweitsarskij gorod Montre perevozyat pamyatnik
Vladimiru Nabokovu. Bronzovaya skul'ptura, vypolnennaya na chastnye
sredstva, budet ustanovlena pered otelem Palas, gde pisatel' provel
poslednie gody svoej zhizni. Avtor pamyatnika -- molodoj skul'ptor Filipp
Rukavishnikov. "Nabokov" -- ego diplomnaya rabota v Surikovskom institute,
nad kotoroj on rabotal pod rukovodstvom svoego otsa Aleksandra
Rukavishnikova (avtora pamyatnika Dostoevskomu pered Leninkoj). Po slovam
Filippa Rukavishnikova, imenno otets posovetoval emu priderzhivat'sya
sugubo realisticheskoj traktovki obraza pisatelya, motiviruya eto tem,
chto "Nabokov ne odobryal modernizma v izobrazitel'nom iskusstve". To,
chto avtor "Lolity" izobrazhen raskachivajushimsya na venskom stule, po
mysli avtora, dolzhno simvolizirovat' "zavisanie Nabokova mezhdu
pisatel'stvom i entomologiej". Syn pisatelya Dmitrij Nabokov v tselom
odobril monument, no emu ne ponravilos', chto skul'ptor odel pisatelya v
nikkerbokery (traditsionnye dlya zhitelej Al'p korotkie brjuki do kolen) i
al'pinistskie botinki. No Filipp Rukavishnikov schitaet, chto v takom
naryade Nabokov "men'she pokhozh na buhgaltera", chem v obychnom kostjume.
Pamyatnik otkrojut 23 aprelya, v den' stoletnego jubileya Nabokova.

Oxana Hmara, Kommersant N 240, 24.12.1998, p. 10