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Invitation to a Beheading. by  Vladimir Nabokov - Signed First Edition - 1957 - from Raptis Rare Books (SKU: 100301)

Invitation to a Beheading.

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Invitation to a Beheading.

by Nabokov, Vladimir

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New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1957. First edition of this "wonderful tour de force" (Gilbert Highet). Octavo, original half cloth, red topstain. Signed by the translator on the title page, "With best wishes Dmitri Nabokov." Fine in a very good dust jacket. Translated by Dmitri Nabokov. 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.

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Invitation to a Beheading is a novel by Russian American author Vladimir Nabokov. It was originally published in Russian in 1935-1936 as a serial in Contemporary Notes (Sovremennye zapiski), a highly respected Russian émigré magazine. In 1938 the work was published in Paris, with an English translation following in 1959. The English version was translated by Nabokov's son, Dmitri Nabokov, under the author's supervision.

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book dealer
Raptis Rare Books US (US)
Bookseller’s Inventory #
100301
Title
Invitation to a Beheading.
Author
Nabokov, Vladimir
Book condition
second hand
Binding
Hardcover
Publisher
G.P. Putnam's Sons
Place of Publication
New York
Date Published
1957
Keywords
Invitation to a Beheading First Edition

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About Raptis Rare Books

Founded by Matthew and Adrienne Raptis, Raptis Rare Books is an antiquarian book firm that specializes in literature, children's books, economics, photo books, signed and inscribed books, and landmark books in all fields. Our business model is simple: we strive to handle books that are in exceptional condition and to provide exceptional customer service. We are proud members of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America (ABAA) and the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB) and exhibit at major book fairs in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Boston, as well as other regional fairs.

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