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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Still reading, he ate the pale victuals that needed no teeth. She knew his moods and was also silent. When he had gone to bed, she remained in the living room with her pack of soiled cards and her old albums. Across the narrow yard where the rain tinkled in the dark against some battered ash cans, windows were blandly alight and in one of them a blacktrousered man with his bare elbows raised could be seen lying supine on an untidy bed. She pulled the blind down and examined the photographs. As a baby he looked more surprised than most babies.

The next day, the couple’s son leaves for work, and the wish is almost forgotten until later in the day, when a representative from the mill arrives at the White’s home to say that their son has been caught in the factory’s machinery and killed. The company offers the couple £200 as compensation. The couple is devastated by their loss, but one day Mrs White remembers the monkey’s paw and she asks her husband to use the second wish to bring their son back from the dead. The father is reluctant because not only has his son been dead for ten days, but the young man was mangled by the machinery, and could hardly FORUM 39 return from this experience whole.

Unfortunately, Luzhin’s obsessive compulsion to find patterns in daily life, which made him so successful at chess, also causes his ultimate demise. Although we have less detail about the son in “Signs and Symbols,” Nabokov’s reference to “referential mania” suggests a similar malady in both the son and in Grand Master Luzhin. Some credence is given to this comparison by Nabokov’s own allusions to The Defense in this short story. ” Despair was first published in Russian in 1934. In this work, Nabokov tells the tale of Hermann, who believes that he has met his double, and, as a result, decides to kill the double in order to collect on his own life-insurance policy.

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