Invitation to a Beheading
Invitation to a Beheading


Like Kafka's The Castle, Invitation to a Beheading embodies a vision of a bizarre and irrational world. 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.

Title Invitation to a Beheading
Author Vladimir Nabokov
Publisher Vintage
Title First Published 19 September 1989
Format Paperback
Nb of pages 240 p.
ISBN-10 0679725318
ISBN-13 9780679725312
Publication Date 19 September 1989
Main content page count 240
Weight 16 oz.
 


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