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Review, Synopsis, and Summary of the Dystopian Fiction, Bend Sinister.

Vladimir Nabokov wrote Bend Sinister during the years 1945 and 1946. The novel became published by Henry Holt and Company in 1947 and presents a dystopian novel. They made a black and white television variation in 1970 with the plot of the novel set in West Germany. Herbert Vesely directed it.

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Author:  Vladimir Nabokov

Genre:  Dystopian Fiction

Page:  208

Good reads rating:  3.82 of 5

My Rating:  7.8 of 10

Published:  1990 (Reissue edition)

Publisher:  Vintage

Language:  English

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Review and Summary of the Bend Sinister by Vladimir Nabokov.

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Nabokov accepted a teaching position at Wellesley College. During his period of teaching, he started writing the Bend Sinister novel in 1942. But he wrote most of the parts during the winter and the springtime of 1945-1946. A conflict developed because of the name of the novel. As the completion happened after World War II, and the author named this novel as, “The Person from Porlock” he had to change it. He changed the title several times.

This novel started in a European city named Padukgrad, where a government developed who supported the rise of “Ekwilism”. It presented a philosophy of the people who lived in the area. This theory said that every person is equal, no one has a greater right than the others. Not only that, but it also promotes the state as a prominent good for society. The story begins with Adam Krug, the main character of the novel. The man lost his wife because of an unsuccessful surgery.

Adam asked to give a speech to the leader of the new government by the lead of the university and his colleagues refused to do so. This government operated under the leadership of Paduk and his “Party of the Average man”. The situation focused on Paduk and Kurg, who became classmates, and Kurg often called him a toad. Paduk never forgot these events, and he arrested many of the close people of Kurg and ordered him to make a philosophy for them. But Kurg refused. He became a well- known philosopher and a highly influential man of the state.

So, Paduk needed his support, but Kurg never agreed to protect him. After so many efforts, Paduk kidnapped the son of Krug and ordered him to support his team, and only then he will release his son safely. Krug had nothing to do but to help his team. But, while returning the boy safely at home, Kurg realised that it was not his son. They sent the son of Kurg to rehab, and there he became killed. When Krug discovered this, Paduk told him to punish all the people responsible for it. Krug refused again. Then they arrested and killed him.

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Final Say on the Novel Bend Sinister.

This novel displayed the characteristics of war, and the author made an outstanding statement about democracy. He discussed the meaning of democracy versus dictatorship and portrayed the situation successfully. I rate this novel, 7.8 out of 10. Would I re-read the novel? Yes. Am I glad I read it? Yes.

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