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Review, Synopsis, and Summary of Fiction Novel Invitation to a Beheading.

Vladimir Nabokov a Russian American author wrote Invitation to a Beheading in the Russian language. The book published in 1935-1936 presented a serial format in a Russian magazine, Sovremennye zapiski. They published the English translation of this work in the year 1959. Dmitri Nabokov, son of Vladimir Nabokov, translated his work into the English language.

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Author: Vladimir Nabokov

Genre: Fiction

Pages: 246

Good reads rating:  3.91 of 5

My Ratings: 7.9 of 10

Published: 1935-1936

Publisher: G. P. Putnam’s Sons

Language: Russian

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Review and Summary of Fiction Novel Invitation of a Beheading.

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The author bases the story of the novel on the last twenty-day of Cincinnatus C., in a prison. Cincinnatus is an inhabitant of a fictitious country. Because of his gnostic turpitude, they imprisoned and punished him. Cincinnatus cannot make bonds in society and struggle to incorporate with the world. He carries a specific ability because of his differences from the rest of the surrounding people. It is said that he seems impervious to the rays of others. Hence they say, he looks similar to a lone dark obstacle whereas everyone else seems transparent. Initially, Cincinnatus tries to hide his condition, but still, people stay uncomfortable in his presence, so they realise something looks wrong. Hence he cannot form part of society.

As he is in prison, they do not mention his execution date to him. It is a difficult situation for him because he wants to express himself and write a book on the defiance of the world’s muteness. The problem is that since they withhold his execution date, he cannot plan his time to write. He starts his writing and finds his true self in it. In his book, he creates an ideal world. When they take him for execution, he mentions that he does not believe in death and executioners. The axe falls on him and he joins the spirits, having the same visions as of him in reality.

Final Say on Fiction Novel Invitation to a Beheading.

The novel covers an important society occurrence, namely isolation. Just because of a few traits of people who differ from the rest of society, they become isolated. The author discusses the consequences of isolation in the novel. The book receives my rating of 7.9 out of 10 because of its challenging topic. Would I re-read this novel? No. Am I glad I read it? Yes.

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