NABOKV-L post 0023715, Thu, 28 Feb 2013 07:11:33 -0800

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Thank you, Mary. Belochkin - of course. But what longer name is Mire/Mira short
for? Mirabelle? Are you thinking of the first love in Russia?

I wonder if antisemitism & philo-Semitism (a sort of anti-shiksa-appeal) didn't
play a role in VN's attraction to Vera Slonim? Perhaps he would never have
married his first love, or perhaps she would never have married the son of a
'Jew lover' like Nabokov pere?

By the way, for the remarkable history of philojudaism in Britain, read Barbara
Tuchman's The Bible and the Sword.
Carolyn


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From: Mary H. Efremov <mbutterfly549@AOL.COM>
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mira belochkin hides a piece of the squirrel motif, and mire is likely a
diminutive from a longer name, it was a tender love he cherished his whole life.



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To the List Members,

I think perhaps Pnin is my favorite Nabokov - character and novel. Deceptively
simple, devious and beautiful. Victor is a close second. Perhaps being female, I
prefer masculine characters.

That having been said, let me also say that the relationship between Pnin and
Miss Belkina (her first name escapes me) may very well be similar to that
between Vladimir and Vera. Although you wouldn't think so.

That aside, I recently acquired Nabokov's own copy of Pnin - at least that is
what it appears to me to be. The inscription reads:

Vladimir Nabokov
March 1957
Simpson Hall

Is there a Simpson Hall at Waindell, I mean, Wellesley?

Carolyn
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