Invitation to A Beheading

Invitation to A Beheading

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"Invitation to a Beheading' takes us into the fantastic prison-world of Cincinnatus, a man condemned to death and spending his last days in prison not quite knowing when the end will come"--From publisher.
Publisher: London : Penguin Classics, 2012.
ISBN: 9780141196978
Branch Call Number: NABOK
Characteristics: ix, 237 p ; 20 cm.


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Feb 17, 2019

A claustrophobic paean to mortality and an indictment of cruelty; an apologia to the power of literature (p. 205). The heart the book is chapter eight (p.89-97). A finale of a manifestation of transcendence of common things and people. Having just watched Bressard's film "A man escaped", they hold many thematic parallels, and they both aim at transcendence, albeit in very different ways.

" Now newspapers were no longer brought to the cell: having noticed that everything that might have any connection with the execution was clipped out, Cincinnatus himself had declined to receive them."

Jun 12, 2015

That's one invitation you might not want to RSVP to! An early, somewhat unformed novel by the author of "Lolita." Nabokov and his family fled Russia after the Bolshevik Revolution, settled in Berlin, where he composed this, and then fled the Nazis. "Invitation to a Beheading" was written in Russian and originally published serially in a Paris magazine. Many reviewers compared it to Kafka, but Nabokov, in the introduction, said he hadn't read any Kafka yet. This edition was translated by Nabokov and his son Dmitri and Nabokov's later, more famous books were written in English. This novel, one of his few political ones (although he claimed to disdain politics) is for the serious Nabokov reader only. He called it "a violin in a void."

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