Invitation to a Beheading

Invitation to a Beheading

Vladimir Nabokov


Like Kafka's The Castle, Invitation to a Beheading embodies a imaginative and prescient of a extraordinary and irrational international. In an unnamed dream kingdom, the younger guy Cincinnatus C. is condemned to demise by means of beheading for "gnostical turpitude," an imaginary crime that defies definition. Cincinnatus spends his final days in an absurd detention center, the place he's visited through chimerical jailers, an executioner who masquerades as a fellow prisoner, and by means of his in-laws, who lug their furnishings with them into his cellphone. while Cincinnatus is led out to be done, he easily wills his executioners out of life: they disappear, besides the complete global they inhabit.

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