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Published by Vintage Books in New York .
Written in English

    Subjects:
  • Novelists -- Fiction,
  • Knight, Sebastian (Fictitious character) -- Fiction

  • Edition Notes

    StatementVladimir Nabokov.
    GenreFiction.
    Classifications
    LC ClassificationsPS3527.A15 R4 1992
    The Physical Object
    Pagination203 p. ;
    Number of Pages203
    ID Numbers
    Open LibraryOL1566140M
    ISBN 100679727264
    LC Control Number91050040
    OCLC/WorldCa24246796

    One might think she was fleeing from someone or something, as she doubled and re-crossed her tracks; on the other hand, to anyone who knew her moods, that hectic dashing might seem but a final exaggeration of her usual The real life of Sebastian Knight book. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in His search proves to be a story as intriguing as any of his subject's own novels, as baffling, and, in the end, as uniquely rewarding. Many of the effects Knight is credited with - words and phrases that almost mystically convey an impression of something, though you can't understand how - are effects that you can recognise in Nabokov's own writing, if not here then certainly later. These sections allow for some sly pastiching of academic prose, as well as giving voice to Nabokov's distaste for the whole process of examining writers through their personal lives or their supposed relation to 'world events'.

    Though V. I was still a child when I lost my father; and it was very much later, ina few months before my mother's last and fatal operation, that she told me several things which she thought I should know. The bulk of the plot resides in those sections where the narrator is chasing down leads in the real world, trying to locate women that his brother had been involved with, and these sections at times play with the conventions of detective fiction. Author, narrator and reader alike are or at least ought to be attentive to such self-conscious literary tricks, to the structural and symbolic levels of meaning in the novel, as much as they are sensitive to the human drama of families and love. He layers his themes and genres, creating a prism of sorts that reflects different light depending on how you view it: view the book as V. By chance, V.

    He also gave up writing in Russian and began composing fiction in English. My father said he remembered the man — they had met at Biarritz about ten years ago, or was it nine…. His search proves to be a story as intriguing as any of his subject's own novels, as baffling, and, in the end, as uniquely rewarding. He layers his themes and genres, creating a prism of sorts that reflects different light depending on how you view it: view the book as V.


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The real life of Sebastian Knight by Vladimir Nabokov Download PDF Ebook

The final chapters of the narration deal with The Doubtful Asphodel, Sebastian's final novel, which is centered on a dying man and his slow decay.

There is his step-brother, the would-be writer of a biography of Sebastian, and the narrator of the book we are reading. My father's first marriage had not been happy. He wooed her long. Recommended to those who know the The real life of Sebastian Knight book of an artist's life, or Nabokov fans.

The bulk of the plot resides in those sections where the narrator is chasing down leads in the real world, trying to locate women that his brother had been involved with, and these sections at times play with the conventions of detective fiction.

I am not out to damage anybody's reputation. It was Nabokov's first book written in English, and he carried it with him to New York. Nabokov writes Wilson on October 21,"I am very happy that you liked that little book.

That she will ever read this book seems wildly improbable. It is, in fact, just as typically if embryonically Nabokovian as his later work, and in theme as well as language. Inhe became a naturalized citizen of the United States.

Many people knew things about Sebastian Knight as a distinguished novelist, but probably fewer than a dozen knew of the two love affairs that so profoundly influenced his career, the second one in such a disastrous way.

Sirin, and shares with them a preoccupation with the problems of living in exile and of adaptation.

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Famously, he wrote most of it perched on a bidet in his Paris apartment so as not to disturb his young son, a detail it is impossible to learn without trying to pin down a certain gushing, purgative quality to the prose The The real life of Sebastian Knight book result comes over as something like a cross between Tristram Shandy and Steve Aylett's Lint though not as funny as either.

Nabokov's prove is not as sparkly as usual, as he is still becoming accustomed to English, but it still shines. I see myself, a child of four or five, on tiptoe, straining and fidgeting, trying to get a better glimpse of the paint-box beyond my half-brother's moving elbow; sticky reds and blues, so well-licked and worn that the enamel gleams in their cavities.

The Nabokovs resided in Wellesley, Massachusetts, during the academic year. Inhe married Vera Slonim, with whom he had one child, a son, Dmitri. There are copious quotations from and comments on Knight's oeuvre he was, we are told, the author of such bestsellers as Lost Property and The Doubtful Asphodeland these allow Nabokov to outline a theory of literature from, as it were, a safe distance.

I remember Sebastian as a boy, six years my senior, gloriously messing about with water-colours in the homely aura of a stately kerosene lamp whose pink silk shade seems painted by his own very wet brush, now that it glows in my memory.

In his conclusion, Alexandrov outlines several of Nabokov's possible intellectual and artistic debts to the brilliant and variegated culture that flourished in Russia on the eve of the Revolution.

The Real Life of Sebastian Knight

On the eve, at dinner, my father threw bread-pellets at me across the table: I had been sulking all day because of some fiendish woollies which the doctor had insisted upon my wearing, and he was trying to cheer me up; but I frowned and The real life of Sebastian Knight book and turned away.

Robison Beale was a professor at Wellesley from It was a quiet and tender union, unmarred by the ugly gossip of certain relatives of ours who whispered that my father, although a loving husband, was attracted now and then by other women. Luck being what it is when left alone, here I was offered something which I might never have hunted down had it been a chosen quarry.

Infollowing the Bolshevik Revolution, he took his family into exile. Though it found a publisher it was originally brought out by the The real life of Sebastian Knight book Directions Publishing Corp. Permanent misery, let alone self-destruction, must have seemed to him a mean business, a shameful surrender.

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