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The Origin of Pynchon's Tchitcherine

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Steven Weisenburger

University of Kentucky
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His right knee hinged with threads of gold, Vaslav Tchitcherine limps through Gravity's Rainbow bearing a portfolio of a name. Terry Caesar (PN 5, 1981) rightly calls attention to its "multiple puns and arcane allusions," but he discloses no knowledge of what those references may be. Then David Seed (PN 5 again) tracks a red herring when he proposes that the fictional Vaslav and the historical Georgi Tchitcherine are secret sharers, despite Pynchon's warning that "He [vaslav] is no relation at all to the [Georgi] Tchitcherine who dealt the Rapallo Treaty" (GR, 338). Well, why not take Pynchon at his word?
How to Cite: Weisenburger, S., (1982). The Origin of Pynchon's Tchitcherine. Pynchon Notes. (8), pp.39–42. DOI: http://doi.org/10.16995/pn.459
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Published on 01 Feb 1982.
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