دعوت به مراسم گردن زنی

دعوت به مراسم گردن زنی

Vladimir Nabokov ولادیمیر ناباکوف احمد خزاعی / Jun 20, 2019

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      • Vladimir Nabokov ولادیمیر ناباکوف احمد خزاعی

        Russian .Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov, also known by the pen name Vladimir Sirin, was a Russian American novelist Nabokov wrote his first nine novels in Russian, then rose to international prominence as a master English prose stylist He also made significant contributions to lepidoptery and had an interest in chess problems.Nabokov s Lolita 1955 is frequently cited as his most important novel, and is at any rate his most widely known one, exhibiting the love of intricate wordplay and descriptive detail that characterized all his works.


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    1. So I can't do what I wanted to do, and smother you with quotes from this novel, shrouding you in a lovely blanket of Nabokov's shrewd, simile-dripping observations about the more esoteric subtleties of human behavior and the emotions which inspire such behavior, all circled by and interwoven with the ornate latticework that is his tendency toward purple prose which he frequently hammers to bits with smash-cut asides and stern, terse sentence fragments presented like mantras for emotional yucky s [...]


    2. It is amazing how farcical this book is considering the ominous title but it is also amazing how tragic it is considering the omnipresent farce. Of course there’s no better writer at manipulating our emotions than Vladimir Nabokov. And in this novel, we are invited to share that fate with the hero, Cincinnatus, whose emotions are played upon unmercifully not only by every character in the book but also by the author. Nabokov takes delight in using vocabulary and phrasing that seem perfectly in [...]


    3. “I suppose the pain of parting will be red and loud.” Okay not better than Lolita, but I don't know why it isn't Nabokov's second most read novel here. He himself said that while he held the greatest affection for Lolita, it was Invitation to a Beheading that he held in the greatest esteem. Just check out this for an opening sentence:"In accordance with the law the death sentence was announced to Cincinnatus C. in a whisper."And there you have in the two quotes the color red, loudness, and s [...]


    4. Don't fall into the lazy-readers' trap of thinking that Invitation to a Beheading is just some pastiche of Kafka. This was my misconception for the first 70 pages or so. Nabokov claims not to have read The Trial before writing this work, and I am inclined to believe him, given the limited availability of Kafka's text outside of the German language at that time (Nabokov did not read German). But the close kinship these texts have is very apparent . . . . . . at first.It is not too long, however, [...]


    5. We are all sentenced to death right from the start… right at birth. And all our life we wait for an execution which will come, sooner or later… And instead of the clear and precise work that is needed, instead of a gradual preparation of the soul for that morning when it will have to get up, when – when you, soul, will be offered the executioner’s pail to wash in – Instead, you involuntarily indulge in banal senseless dreams of escape – alas, of escape…While it may seem at first th [...]


    6. Nabokov’s CaveIn his allegory of the Cave, Plato suggests a limit on human knowledge: that we see only shadows of reality. Immanuel Kant went Plato one better two millennia later and claimed that we can’t even apprehend the shadows properly, that even these in their ‘true selves’ are beyond comprehension. Invitation to a Beheading offers an alternative to these classical philosophical, and inherently dismal and nihilistic, views. For Nabokov the world is not hidden beyond an epistemologi [...]


    7. The writing is pretty. Not the right word but I'm too lazy to use the thesaurus. Effective? It was simple but I found my imagination engaged. There was a passage (one of the many) where Cincinnatus was describing his cell, and as his mind wandered my wandered also, not from lack of interest or boredom. I read it over maybe five times before I could bring myself to move on.This book made me scratch the right side of my head, the underdeveloped nearly concave side, in confusion. My readings usuall [...]


    8. I have played the piano since I was three years old. Thanks to the encouragement of my family and long hours of practice, I have been lucky enough to play large functions, concerts, and sold-out rock shows at venues I grew up dreaming of playing at. I have worked with truly great musicians, and been a part of many professional recordings. It's fostered a life-long love and appreciation for music, and I feel blessed to have had the experiences I've had.But I have never written a song in my entire [...]


    9. Fifty pages in, I feel like I've given this a good shake and I can move on. You have to care about something when you read a book: the story, a character, maybe even the technique. Something, at any rate. Nothing comes to mind for this one. While Nabokov stated in an interview that of all his novels he held the greatest affection for Lolita, it was Invitation to a Beheading that he held in the greatest esteem, he said at the same time: My advice to a budding literary critic would be as follows. [...]


    10. “All my best words are deserters and do not answer the trumpet call, and the remainder are cripples.” ― Vladimir Nabokov, Invitation to a BeheadingNabokov's violin playing in the void of a totalitarian nightmare. Invitation to a Beheading belongs among those 20th Century novels by Orwell, Huxley, Kafka and Koestler that explore the individual revolting against an absurd totalitarianism. Cincinnatus C is an opaque prisoner being punished by a translucent society for his gnostical turpitude. [...]


    11. It would seem that Nabokov entertains the idea that we live under a death sentence, which may be carried out at anytime with or without just cause by forces greater than we are as individuals with our limited scope of power and influence. The book is absurd, of course, in the true sense of the word insofar as it portrays life as essentially beyond our understanding except within the limited sensory confines of everyday life. It is a PoMo classic in the treatment of its themes and Nabokov transpo [...]


    12. As I finished the last page of this book, having misty eyes I remembered the foreword of the book.Dear Nabokov I was among the readers who ruffled their hair, who have had been sent into abstract prisons for gnostical turpitudeI too have dreamed of another world, which was full of colors, a world that was more true, more aliveI too have wanted to take off my head like a toupee and then my collarbones like shoulder straps and then my rib cage as a hauberk and then my hips, my legs and my arms and [...]


    13. The Light at the End of the CaveI can understand why Nabokov was accused of plagiarism when Invitation to a Beheading was first published. At a first view and a very shallow first reading (or, let’s not be mean and say a first level reading) it is indeed weirdly similar to The Trial either in the plot construction, the main character attitude and the theme.However there are so many major differences that save the book from being somehow a sequel of Kafka’s novel and put it on the general she [...]


    14. Nabokov je gde književnost počinje i gde se književnost završava. Takav je i ovaj roman. Istovremeno i bdenje nad ljudskom smrtnošću, i kritika društva, i meditacija gnosticizma, i aluzija na Sokrata, i divna pesma, i tragikomična predstava, i niz raspletenih, rascvetanih snova jedne lutalice, jednog otudjenika. Sve se može naći. Igra se Nabokov, kako samo on ume, i sa rečima i sa likovima, pa i sa mnom, jer ako nešto mrzim to je izvikanost-to-jest-prepotentnost, a Sinsinatus (kao i [...]


    15. This was great, I love Nabokov when he`s not being so pompous in his prose.But if I hear one more person label this as `Kafkaesque` I`ll smack them good!Believe it or not, but generally I am not a fan of the absurd, but I loved the absurdity and helplessness in this novel. Imagine being condemned to death for an undefinable crime and not being told when it is that you will be executed(in Japan apparently pretty much no one knows when someone on death row dies until the actual day, yikes!) and ha [...]


    16. I see that the review on the GR home page for Invitation to a Beheading compares it to Kafka. It's clear that Nabokov heard this rather more frequently than he wanted to, and was very tired of it. In the foreword to my edition, he has the following comment:"Emigré reviewers, who were puzzled but liked it, thought they distinguished in it a "Kafkaesque" strain, not knowing that I had no German, was completely ignorant of modern German literature, and had not yet read any French or English transl [...]


    17. I feel like I'm cheating Nabokov when I say I've read this book because with a book like the one here, it is an unending experience. One doesn't simply read and move past it but instead is invited by the text to re-read again and again, each time displaying a different layer, which like an onion's, is peeled off by each reading to reveal newer ones still. Nabokov here plays jump rope with modernist and post-modernist tendencies. at one moment he is sad, at the other mad. While in places he wants [...]


    18. I saw this book as a story about relationships. Cincinnatus is a prisoner for an absurd crime of personality, and his executioner cares for him and dotes on him, completely ignorant of any reason why the spitful Cincinnatus should dislike him. It teaches us about ourselves, and about the blurring of lines in our love relationships. Sometimes, those who love us most, are the ones that imprison us or act as our executioners. Yet they love us, nonetheless. We think that those who love us will never [...]


    19. سین‌سیناتوس را به‌جرمی نامعلوم در زندانی تاریک و نمور و خوفناک حبس کرده‌اند و حکمش اعدام است؛ اعدام ازطریق گردن‌زدن. وی به‌طرزی غریب، تنها و تک‌افتاده و مطرود است. حتی نزدیک‌ترین کسانش چنان‌که باید، به او نزدیک نیستند؛ ازجمله مادر و همسرش. در ملاقات کوتاهی که با مادرش می [...]


    20. It’s The House of the Dead meets Monty Python’s blacker moments. Nabokov wrote this in a fortnight, and although wired to his usual stylistic and linguistic arrogance, the story meanders in the way an undisciplined half-dream half-real semi-surrealist novel might. It's not quite Dostoevsky, not quite Gogol either.I also began to mix up Cincinnatus with Ignatius J. Reilly from A Confederacy of Dunces, which wasn’t wholly random, as the novels aren’t too far off in terms of their dark humo [...]


    21. This was the first Nabokov novel I read, and I highly recommend it as an introduction. Although not as iconic as Lolita or as out-and-out brilliant as Pale Fire, this book both draws you in and keeps you at a distance, allowing you into its world but not inside the main character's head-- at least, not as much as his later works. Significantly, this is one of Nabokov's few novels (are there any other than this one?) that is not narrated in the first person. If prolonged, thoughtful imagery and t [...]


    22. I would compare reading this book to analyzing a surrealist painting; in that there can be many possible explanations for what is going on in the painting (or novel), the motives behind the painting (or novel), and what there is to be learned, if indeed there is anything to be learned.Cincinnatus, the protagonist, is convicted of a nebulous crime, for which the penalty is death, but at an unknown date. Is Cincinnatus dreaming? Has he hallucinated the entire affair? There is certainly an element [...]



    23. In this bizarre and irrational world, Cincinnatus has been convicted and condemned to death by beheading for gnostical turpitude, an imaginary crime with no definition. Cincinnatus spends his remaining days in prison where he is visited by the chimerical jailers, an executioner who masquerades as a prisoner, and his in-laws. When Cincinnatus is finally brought out to be executed, he simply wills his executioners out of existence: they disappear, along with the whole world they inhabit.There is n [...]


    24. Sizzling prose, often.I think chapter 8 is going to become one of my personal classics: soliloquy of a condemned prisoner. This, with his other passages in solitary and the ending, make a worthy entry in anti-death penalty fiction, alongside such Russians as Leonid Andreyev (Seven Who Were Hanged) and Dostoyevsky (The Idiot). Nabokov’s dad and granddad both worked against the death penalty in government in Russia.The bizarre farce… I only reconciled to after being guided to look at the book [...]


    25. 100 stars! This is by far one of the most absurd, imaginative, and metaphorically insightful works of art I have ever encountered - it is what I would imagine a Dali painting to be if it were a novel. It is also brilliantly written.Invitation to a Beheading is quite phenomenological in tone (in the tradition of Husserl, but more resembling Gaston Bachelard's phenomenology), serving to snap us out of our familiarity and out of our forgetting of the nature of our reality by continually inserting t [...]


    26. "Representarei até ao fim o meu papel na vossa peça idiota." (p. 170)Cincinnatus espera a morte numa fortaleza e o facto de não saber a data exacta constitui para ele uma tortura insuportável. Tudo o resto são personagens e situações incrivelmente bizarras, uma verdadeira paródia que contrasta com o perfil atormentado de Cincinnatus. Foi difícil habituar-me no princípio, mas nas passagens em que Cincinnatus redige a carta com os seus pensamentos, a escrita de Nabokov, com muito mérito [...]


    27. In his Foreword Nabokov denied having read Kafka before he wrote this novel yet anyone who has read this and Kafka's "The Trial" won't help but notice that both involved a condemned man, charged with an unclear crime, executed for it and with lots of strange, almost dream-like goings-on before his death in the hands of his tormentors.Which one is better? Hands down, Kafka's. It has direction and consistency while this looks like as if Nabokov was just showing off with his command of descriptive [...]


    28. If you enjoy descriptions, and aren't all that into plot, and don't mind sharing the frustrations of a character caught in some kind of strange limbo waiting to be executed for the crime of moral turpitude, you might enjoy this book.Okay, a short summary: Cincinnatus C. has been sentenced to death, by beheading, and he is now waiting to die. And he is waiting to find out WHEN he will die, but he can't get a straight answer from his jailers. Why is he a condemned man? Apparently, because he's REA [...]


    29. In the foreword, Nabokov ponders why each new book of his “sends reviewers scurrying in search of…celebrated names for the purpose of passionate comparison.” In fact, so many glean such similarities between this and Kafka’s The Trial that Nabokov feels it necessary to assert that he had never read Kafka at the time of his writing Invitation. Following in the footsteps of (or falling for the same pitfalls as) Nabokov’s critics, I could not help but think of other works which readily len [...]


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