By Vladimir E. Alexandrov
An incredible reexamination of the novelist Vladimir Nabokov as "literary gamesman," this publication systematically indicates that at the back of his ironic manipulation of narrative and his puzzle-like remedy of element there lies a cultured 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 reveals his international view founded at the event of epiphany—characterized by way of a surprising fusion of various sensory information and thoughts, a sense of timelessness, and an instinct of immortality—which offers the real artist intimations of an "otherworld." Readings of The safeguard, Invitation to a Beheading, The present, the genuine lifetime of Sebastian Knight, Lolita, and light fireplace demonstrate the epiphanic adventure 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 shaped and for the character of the reader's involvement with the textual content. In his end, Alexandrov outlines numerous of Nabokov's attainable highbrow and inventive bills to the bright 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.