Invitation to a Beheading

Invitation to a Beheading

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by Vladimir Nabokov
     
 

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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

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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.

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

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ISBN-13:
9780679725312
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/28/1989
Series:
Vintage International Series
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
282,327
Product dimensions:
5.16(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.63(d)

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