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Invitation to a beheading

Author: Набоков, Владимир Владимирович, 1899-1977, author. ; Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 1989. ©1959
Series: Vintage international
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : English : 1st Vintage international edView all editions and formats
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"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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Psychological fiction
Fiction
Allegories
Translations in to English
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Набоков, Владимир Владимирович, 1899-1977, author. ; Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov
ISBN: 0679725318 9780679725312
OCLC Number: 19971258
Description: 223 pages ; 21 cm.
Series Title: Vintage international
Other Titles: Priglashenie na kaznʹ.
Responsibility: Vladimir Nabokov ; translated by Dmitri Nabokov in collaboration with the author.

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"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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