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Brave new world that has such people in it?
Carolyn

By the way, it does make sense - America is certainly a brave new world for the
Pnins of the world, full of sound and fury and freedoms that the old world could
only dream of.



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From: Koen Vanherwegen <koen_vanherwegen@HOTMAIL.COM>
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What about Miranda? (the Tempest is mentionned somewehere in Pnin as a place
called Tempest Point and Miranda is also the name of the hotel of Humbert
Humberts father)
No clue though to what that would suggest


Koen Vanherwegen



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Date: Fri, 1 Mar 2013 00:07:08 -0500
From: mbutterfly549@AOL.COM
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it could myroslava, and the diminutive could be mira or slava, or lubomira, and
the diminutive could be mira or luba, etc, etc, these slavs love
diminutives....vladimir goes to volodya, vova, or vo, could be mirko too....i
have a son sviatoslav, who is called, svieti, slavko, slav, or whatever...my
michael volodimir(we are Ukrainian) is vovchick, vo or volodya at
home.....nicholas goes to mykolchik, mykola, kolia, or kolchik hard in
translating a novel.....all the diminutives make sense to slavs, but not
anglophones.



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From: Carolyn Kunin <chaiselongue@ATT.NET>
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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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From: Carolyn Kunin <chaiselongue@ATT.NET>
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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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