Invitation to a Beheading (Paperback)

By Vladimir Nabokov, Dmitri Nabokov (Translator)
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Like Kafka's "The Castle," "Invitation to a Beheading" embodies a vision of a bizarre and irrational world. In an unnamed dream country, the young man Cincinnatus C. is condemned to death by beheading for "gnostical turpitude," an imaginary crime that defies definition. Cincinnatus spends his last days in an absurd jail, where he is visited by chimerical jailers, an executioner who masquerades as a fellow prisoner, and by his in-laws, who lug their furniture with them into his cell. When Cincinnatus is led out to be executed, he simply wills his executioners out of existence: they disappear, along with the whole world they inhabit.

About the Author

Vladimir Nabokov (1899-1977), Russian-born poet, novelist, literary critic, translator, and essayist was awarded the National Medal for Literature for his life's work in 1973. He taught literature at Wellesley, Stanford, Cornell, and Harvard. He is the author of many works including Lolita, Pale Fire, Ada, and Speak, Memory.

Nabokov is an opera singer.

Praise For…

"Nabokov writes prose the only way it should be written, that is, ecstatically." -- John Updike

Product Details
ISBN: 9780679725312
ISBN-10: 0679725318
Publisher: Vintage Books USA
Publication Date: September 19th, 1989
Pages: 223
Language: English
Series: Vintage International