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« on: August 10, 2013, 01:49:28 PM »
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Invitation to a Beheading (Russian: Приглашение на казнь, Priglasheniye na kazn') is a novel by Russian American author Vladimir Nabokov. It was originally published in Russian in 1935-1936 as a serial in Contemporary Notes (Sovremennye zapiski), a highly respected Russian émigré magazine. In 1938 the work was published in Paris, with an English translation following in 1959. The English version was translated by Nabokov's son, Dmitri Nabokov, under the author's supervision.

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The novel is often described as "Kafkaesque," but Nabokov claimed that at the time he wrote the book, he was unfamiliar with German and "completely ignorant" of Kafka's work. Nabokov interrupted his work on The Gift in order to write Invitation, describing the creation of the first draft as "one fortnight of wonderful excitement and sustained inspiration." Some scholars have argued that the central plot of Invitation has its roots in Chernyshevski, a character from The Gift.

While Nabokov stated in an interview that of all his novels he held the greatest affection for Lolita, it was Invitation to a Beheading that he held in the greatest esteem.

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The novel takes place in a prison and relates the final twenty days of Cincinnatus C., a citizen of a fictitious country, who is imprisoned and sentenced to death for "gnostical turpitude." Unable to blend in and become part of the world around him, Cincinnatus is described as having a "certain peculiarity" that makes him "impervious to the rays of others, and therefore produced when off his guard a bizarre impression, as of a lone dark obstacle in this world of souls transparent to one another." Although he tries to hide his condition and "feign translucence," people are uncomfortable with his existence, and feel there is something wrong with him. In this way, Cincinnatus fails to become part of his society.

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While confined, Cincinnatus is not told when his execution will occur. This troubles him, as he wants to express himself through writing "in defiance of all the world's muteness," but feels unable to do so without knowledge of how long he has to complete this task. Indifferent to the absurdity and vulgarity around him, Cincinnatus strives to find his true self in his writing, where he creates an ideal world. Taken to be executed, he refuses to believe in either death or his executioners, and as the axe falls the false existence dissolves around him as he joins the spirits of his fellow visionaries in "reality."

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« Reply #6 on: August 10, 2013, 07:52:28 PM »
I have a copy of Lolita and Pale Fire.
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Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov
Novelist

Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov was a Russian-born novelist. Nabokov's first nine novels were in Russian. He then rose to international prominence as a writer of English prose. He also made serious contributions as a lepidopterist and chess composer. (Wikipedia)

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Hmm, Lolita must have been read more than once... 8)

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He he, mahilig pud og estorbot si Nabokov, ang nakalahi lang kay nindot basahon...

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the stories i told you about myself are not made up. i experienced it. i lived it. dili basta basta mo patay ug tawo. gawas kong naa jud kay dugong killer pareha ni bocats. my best friend. i can easily make up a story about this topic. but i will not. wa ko maka kita ug beheading. ang ahong manghod, capt. sisinio econg, not a captain in the army, captain of an ocean going vessel, sheman like me maoy nag estorya ani.

kaming mga seaman, we travel all around the world, wherever the ship takes us. na tyempohan nga nag byahe sa middle east ang ahong manghod, he was able to see a beheading. usa ka semana sijang di maka tog ug maajo. gipangilogan sija kanunay.

dont worry hubag. di man ka naho potlan ug o. you are safe. ayaw lang gyud ug gara ba. nga makita naho imong avatar. you will do well to heed my advice. looking forward to SEE you in a few days

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