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Friday, April 13, 2007

Nabokov, Lenin, Frampton

A report on the 10th anniversary of the founding of the Nabokov Museum in St Petersburg contains this amusing piece of information:

"[Nabokov] was born in the Bolshaya Morskaya house on April 10, 1899, according to the Julian calendar in use in Russia at the time. But the Gregorian calendar in use after the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917 means that the birthday is celebrated on April 22.

"However, this coincides with Vladimir Lenin’s birthday, and since the writer hated Bolshevik tyranny and believed in the magic of numbers, Nabokov supposedly preferred to mark his birthday on April 23, William Shakespeare’s birthday. "

One understands. After all, Peter Frampton was born on April 22, too.


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