A significant reexamination of the novelist Vladimir Nabokov as "literary gamesman," this e-book systematically indicates that at the back of his ironic manipulation of narrative and his puzzle-like therapy of element there lies a classy rooted in his instinct of a transcendent realm and in his consequent redefinition of "nature" and "artifice" as synonyms. starting with Nabokov's discursive writings, Vladimir Alexandrov unearths his global view based at the adventure of epiphany--characterized through a unexpected fusion of assorted sensory information and stories, a sense of timelessness, and an instinct of immortality--which provides the genuine artist intimations of an "otherworld." Readings of The protection, Invitation to a Beheading, The present, the genuine lifetime of Sebastian Knight, Lolita, and light hearth display the epiphanic event to be a touchstone for the characters' metaphysical insightfulness, ethical make-up, and aesthetic sensibility, and to be a structural version for the way the narratives themselves are formed and for the character of the reader's involvement with the textual content. In his end, Alexandrov outlines a number of of Nabokov's attainable highbrow and inventive accounts to the intense and variegated tradition that flourished in Russia at the eve of the Revolution. Nabokov emerges as much less alienated from Russian tradition than so much of his emigre readers believed, and as much less "modernist" than a lot of his Western readers nonetheless think. "Alexandrov's paintings is exact in that it applies an `otherworld' speculation as a constant context to Nabokov's novels. The strategy is clearly a fruitful one. Alexandrov is cutting edge in rooting Nabokov's ethics and aesthetics within the otherwordly and contributes vastly to Nabokov experiences through studying sure key words corresponding to `commonsense,' `nature,' and `artifice.' more often than not Alexandrov's research results in a miles clearer realizing of Nabokov's metaphysics."--D. Barton Johnson, collage of California, Santa Barbara
Originally released in 1991.
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