Nabokov, Vladimir Vladimirovich, 1899-1977.
Invitation to a beheading.
New York : Putnam's Sons, [©1959]
Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov
|注意：||First edition in English.
"Published simultaneously in the Dominion of Canada by Longmans, Green& Company, Toronto."
|描述：||223 pages ; 22 cm|
|其他題名：||Priglashenie na kaznʹ.|
|責任：||Vladimir Nabokov ; translated by Dmitri Nabokov in collaboration with the author.|
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.