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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And then, if someone does commit suicide, there are the recriminations about what would have been the best course of action and whether we could have prevented the suicide. “Surely something more could have been done” is an ever-present thought. There are virtually no limits to interpretation of Nabokov’s story—the holes in the story guarantee that—but Nabokov corrals the reader into thinking of a quite limited range of possibilities. The same is true of great paintings where the particular lie of an arm, or presence of an object, may invoke different feelings on the part of the viewer.

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. FORUM 21 Approaching the story through mathematics Yuri Leving: Prose and, especially, poetry, like mathematics, have developed rules for working with strings of symbols. Akin to mathematicians, the readers of fiction are looking for meanings behind the signs and symbols.

I have made the most important discovery of my career—the most important discovery of my life. ” To what extent can this formula be applied to the problems raised by Nabokov’s short story (parental love, loss of loved ones, the inability to control the physical laws of nature, and the very notion of “reason in fiction”)? John N. Crossley: In extreme states of mind the sufferer often makes interpretations that a more ordinary person would not. This can be both a boon and a bane. On the one hand it can reveal unsuspected connections and on the other it may lead to nonsense.

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