Thomas Mann (born in 1875) emigrated from Germany in 1933; in that same year, the first part of his "Joseph and His Brothers" was published in Germany. He was a well known author by then.
On the other hand, Vladimir Nabokov (born in 1899, i.e. nearly 25 years younger) lived in Germany until 1937. That is, Nabokov could have known the works by Mann. Especially since Nabokov was a "west oriented" Russian novelist, i.e. he knew English and French literature well.
Does anybody know whether Nabokov did know works by Mann and whether they have influenced him in any way?
I like both of them very much, and it would fascinate me if one of them knew of or had influenced the other's works (or the other way around).