Anatomy of a Short Story : Nabokov's Puzzles, Codes, Signs by Leving, Yuri; Nabokov, Vladimir Vladimirovich; Banville,

By Leving, Yuri; Nabokov, Vladimir Vladimirovich; Banville, John

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How should one tackle this dichotomy, which is easily accomplished in fiction, but becomes another matter when transferred to the visual or performative medium? Murray Biggs: I would distinguish sharply between the parents’ and the boy’s perceptions of reality. The boy seems to be genuinely and totally deluded, whether or not the given medical description of his state is authentic. Some of the pathos of the writing comes from the parents’ empathy with their son’s mental world but at the same time their divorce from it.

Minsk, the Revolution, Leipzig, Berlin, Leipzig, a slanting housefront badly out of focus. Four years old, in a park: moodily, shyly, with puckered forehead, looking away from an eager squirrel as he would from any other stranger. Aunt Rosa, a fussy, angular, wild-eyed old lady, who had lived in a tremulous world of bad news, bankruptcies, train accidents, cancerous growths—until the Germans put her to death, together with all the people she had worried about. Age six—that was when he drew wonderful birds with human hands and feet, and suffered from insomnia like a grown-up man.

We might start in the Romantic period with Aleksandr Pushkin and Vladimir Odoevskii in which we find fantastical stories about characters being driven mad by fear or supernatural forces. ” With Nikolai Gogol we find the last remnants of a Romantic Realism, in which fantastical madness is now brought on by real-world pressures—poverty, drug abuse, depression. These socio-economic factors are then fully exploited by Fyodor Dostoevsky, whose characters habitually struggle to maintain their sanity despite the outward pressures driving them towards madness.

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