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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 by Vladimir Nabokov

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Invitation to a Beheading
Title:Invitation to a Beheading
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ISBN:0679725318
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Number of Pages:223
Category:Fiction, Classics, Russia, Russian literature, Literature
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i An alternative cover edition for this ISBN can be found a href https www goodreads com book show invitation to a beheading rel nofollow here a i br br 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, Humbert Humbert scholar aesthete and romantic has fallen completely and utterly in love with Lolita Haze his landlady s gum snapping silky skinned twelve year old daughter Reluctantly agreeing to marry Mrs Haze just to be close to Lolita Humbert suffers greatly in the pursuit of romance but when Lo herself starts looking for attention elsewhere he will carry her off on a desperate cross country misadventure all in the name of Love Hilarious flamboyant heart breaking and full of ingenious word play Lolita is an immaculate unforgettable masterpiece of obsession delusion and lust, Once upon a time there lived in Berlin Germany a man called Albinus He was rich respectable happy one day he abandoned his wife for the sake of a youthful mistress he loved was not loved and his life ended in disaster Thus begins Vladimir Nabokov s Laughter in the Dark this the author tells us is the whole story except that he starts from here with his characteristic dazzling skill and irony and brilliantly turns a fable into a chilling original novel of folly and destruction Amidst a Weimar era milieu of silent film stars artists and aspirants Nabokov creates a merciless masterpiece as Albinus an aging critic falls prey to his own desires to his teenage mistress and to Axel Rex the scheming rival for her affections who finds his greatest joy in the downfall of others Published first in Russian as Kamera Obskura in this book appeared in Nabokov s own English translation six years later This New Directions edition based on the text as Nabokov revised it in features a new introduction by Booker Prize winner John Banville, Published two weeks after his seventieth birthday b Ada or Ardor b is one of Nabokov s greatest masterpieces the glorious culmination of his career as a novelist It tells a love story troubled by incest But more it is also at once a fairy tale epic philosophical treatise on the nature of time parody of the history of the novel and erotic catalogue b Ada or Ardor b is no less than the supreme work of an imagination at white heat br br This is the first American edition to include the extensive and ingeniously sardonic appendix by the author written under the anagrammatic pseudonym Vivian Darkbloom