Wonderful to hear that David Herlihy is in on the Nabokov connection. Victor’s reference is to his excellent article in Nabokovian 58 (2007), 31-37. One can well imagine both the keen cyclist V.D. Nabokov mentioning the episode to his son and his son dreaming over the old issue of Niva on the Morskaya or at Vyra as he dreams himself of exploring Central Asia one day. And one can also imagine the wonderful film that could be made of Allen and Sachtleben’s crossing of Asia, a combination of road movie, Tati, and Dersu Uzala. Perhaps Herlihy, with his LA connections, could mount the project!

Brian Boyd

On 10/09/2014, at 6:24 am, Nabokv-L <nabokv-l@UTK.EDU> wrote:

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Subject:     RE: [NABOKV-L] SIGHTING: The Gift cyclists photo exhibit in UCLA
Date:     Tue, 9 Sep 2014 01:41:10 +0000
From:     Fet, Victor <fet@MARSHALL.EDU>
To:     Vladimir Nabokov Forum <NABOKV-L@LISTSERV.UCSB.EDU>

Brian and everybody:

Thank you!  David Herlihy knows the Nabokovian story well - he contacted me after he read my note "An additional source for a Central Asian episode in The Gift.” (The Nabokovian,  2007, 57) [expanded Russian version: Poberezhye, Philadelphia, 2007, 16], and even sent me a full original Niva article about Allen & Sachtleben by Ivan Korostovets (a source for The Gift paragraph) - I have an electronic copy if anybody wants it. We tried (so far in vain) to find Allen & Sachtleben documentation in old Russian archives.

Herlihy, a prominent bicycle writer, also was my coauthor on "A Humber source of Humbert: more on Nabokov’s bicycles” (The Nabokovian, 2011, 66)

Victor Fet

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