Gennady Barabtarlo

The Man Is the Book

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Abstract :
While most Nabokov's books present diegetic problems (identity of the narrator, narrative tiers, unmarked transposition of the first and third person narration etc.), his first English novel contains a special narratological difficulty which defined the narrative system he employed in the subsequent series of English writings. A plausible resolution, or at least a correct definition, of that difficulty-whose first trace can be seen, I argue, in TRLSK's title and whose tail flashes so alluringly at the exit point-is of principal urgency, comparable only to that of Pale Fire. My observations will attempt to describe the problem as I see it and offer a possible solution.
Published : 2008-03-20


Gennady Barabtarlo, « The Man Is the Book », Cycnos, 2008-03-20. URL :