Invitation to a Beheading

Invitation to a Beheading

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Author: Nabokov, Vladimir
ISBN: 9780141185606
Publisher: Penguin
Year First Published: 2001
Pages: 192
Dimensions: 200mm x 131mm x 12mm
Format: Paperback / softback

Written in Berlin in 1934, Invitation to a Beheading contains all the surprise, excitement and magical intensity of a work created in two brief weeks of sustained inspiration. It takes us into the fantastic prison-world of Cincinnatus, a man condemned to death and spending his last days in prison not quite knowing when the end will come. Nabokov described the book as 'a violin in a void. The worldling will deem it a trick. Old men will hurriedly turn from it to regional romances and the lives of public figures ... The evil-minded will perceive in little Emmie a sister of little Lolita ... But I know a few readers who will jump up, ruffling their hair'.

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