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Invitation to a Beheading (Penguin Modern Classics) (edició 2001)

de Vladimir Nabokov

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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" -- p. [4] of cover.… (més)
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Títol:Invitation to a Beheading (Penguin Modern Classics)
Autors:Vladimir Nabokov
Informació:Penguin Books Ltd (2001), Paperback, 192 pages
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Invitation to a Beheading de Vladimir Nabokov

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Sehr hübsch, aber genau dieses Feld hat Kafka schon mit schärferer (schwererer?) Egge beackert. ( )
  Wolfseule23 | Aug 6, 2022 |
Cincinnatus C. is condemned to death by beheading for "gnostical turpitude" - a crime that's imaginary and has no real definition. During his last days, Cincinnatus finds just how absurd his jail really is - his executioner masquerades as a fellow prisoner and digs holes between cells, a young girl runs and plays through the building, he's visited by his in-laws, who lug their entire furniture with this into his cell - through all of this, no one will tell Cincinnatus when he's execution will be!

As I seem to find a lot of older books to be, I had to take my time with the language of this book so that I could get the entire picture as to what was happening. There could be an entire scene going on and it would take me to the middle of it before I could connect what exactly was happening. Some of it had to do with all the craziness that was happening to begin with, but on the other side, I think it was just Nabokov's writing.

Once I would finally get comfortable in a scene though, the imagery was amazing. I can't get the scene where Cincinnatus speaks with his wife for the first time (and the entire family) out of my head. Nor can I get the ridiculousness of the director/jailor.

This is a novel my boyfriend suggested to me. He did give a fair warning that this might be a book I got nothing out of the first time around, but that it would be something I might pick up and read again later and find something completely new. I don't doubt that.

I'd recommend this book to anyone who would like a different take on the world through the eyes of Cincinnatus. Those who like Lewis Carroll's "Alice and Wonderland" and are a fan of Kafka would find this book right up their alley. ( )
  oldandnewbooksmell | Sep 24, 2021 |
This feels like a promising outline of a novel posing as a novel. Kinda makes me feel ill. It's giving The Stranger and frankly ew.

Edit (next day) Okay - so I just reread the final five chapters because they were my favorite and I'm raising my rating to 2 stars bc it's really a 1.75 not a 1. I think I have a better understanding of this novel now and why it is the way it is. It is hard to question Nabokov's choices when he has such gusto for even his most gibberish literature. Also, so much better than Mary. Those two novels shan't share a rating. ( )
  rosscharles | May 19, 2021 |
56. Invitation to a Beheading by Vladimir Vladimirovich
translation: 1959 from Russian by Dmitri Nabokov with the author
published: 1936
format: 223-page Vintage paperback
acquired: June
read: Nov 14-19
time reading: 6 hr 41 min, 1.8 min/page
rating: 5
locations: unspecified prison
about the author: 1899 – 1977. Russia born, educated at Trinity College in Cambridge, 1922. Lived in Berlin (1922-1937), Paris, the US (1941-1961) and Montreux, Switzerland (1961-1977).

We open as Cincinnatus is condemned to death and brought weak-kneed to his prison cell where he looks around. It took me a moment to realize that when he went waltzing with the guard I wasn't supposed to accept this at face value as actually happening. Cincinnatus, both respected and criticized by this guards, spends his last days in and out of reality, craning to see outside his prison fortress, desperate to see and embrace his comically unfaithful wife, reading voraciously but unable to write as he doesn't know his execution date and doesn't know how long he has. Alas, how to manage? Is there a Soviet commentary here?

I‘m really enjoying working through Nabokov‘s novels, even if I‘m behind my planned schedule. This goes down as the best and most beautiful so far and one of my favorite books of the year. Nabokov plays with fabric of reality while barely leaving a prison cell inside a fortress, and it works wonderfully.

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2 vota dchaikin | Nov 27, 2020 |
Cincinnatus C, what a shameful disappointment you are!

The full pencil length of all our lives, inevitably, ends in a nub... and a last chapter. ( )
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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" -- p. [4] of cover.

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