Sunday, November 11, 2012

Vigel


Continuing the theme of the homosexual surrounding of the Russian great poet A. Pushkin and his time.




After Pyotr Chaadaev (1794-1856), Georges-Charles d’Anthès (1812-1895), and Faddey Bulgarin (1789-1859), with Chaadaev’s homosexual taste being only supposed...
...today, I am happy to introduce the next forgotten literary figure Filipp Vigel (1786-1856) Russian noble of Swedish extraction who served in the foreign ministry, and who was Russian first outstanding memoirist.

Filipp Vigel happened to be a pen-pal to some Russian famous poets. In 1823, when he was sent in the town of Kishinev as a vice-governor of Bessarabia, he wrote to Pushkin about the town which caused the plaintive tone:
Although my sins or rather my sin is great but not to such an extent that the fate could appoint this pit as my residence.”
His poetic message to Vigel, Pushkin concluded by the humorous verse hinting at the homosexual taste of his addressee:
As soon as I have free time, Ill come.
Glad being at your service--
with my poetry and prose and my all heart--
but, Vigel, have your mercy on my ass!”
In the same message, Pushkin recommended “three jolly young beaus” to Vigel “believing that the younger of them is fitter for the proper usage. NB: he’s a room-mate of brother Mikhail, and by night, they bugger each other unrestrainedly which may suggest some important conclusions, which I leave to your sophistication and discretion.”  


At present, Vigel's famous Notes are re-published. But the literary sources are scanty about his personal life and others of that ilk, that’s why this note is so short. More about Russian forgotten literary figures of my choice, read here:



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