Invitation to a Beheading

Book “Invitation to a Beheading” by Vladimir Nabokov

Book short specifications

Author
Pages
192
Publisher
Penguin Classics
Series
Penguin Modern Classics
Language
english
Release date
2001
Translator
Dmitri Nabokov
ISBN
978-0-14-118560-6
GTIN
9780141185606
Weight, g
182
Publisher's website
penguin.co.uk

About

Written in Berlin in 1934, Invitation to a Beheading contains all the surprise, excitement and magical intensity of a work created in two brief weeks of sustained inspiration. It takes us into the fantastic prison-world of Cincinnatus, a man condemned to death and spending his last days in prison not quite knowing when the end will come. Nabokov described the book as 'a violin in a void. The worldling will deem it a trick. Old men will hurriedly turn from it to regional romances and the lives of public figures ... The evil-minded will perceive in little Emmie a sister of little Lolita ... But I know a few readers who will jump up, ruffling their hair'.