Nabokov’s Language of Despair and The Real Life of Sebastian Knight

Vladimir Nabokov manipulates language’s ambiguous properties in Despair and The Real Life of Sebastian Knight. By toying with words’ sounds and meanings he creates an atmosphere of duplicitous layers that resonates with the novel’s thematic overtones. Nabokov also peppers the two novels with what appear to be superfluous data and obscure allusions, then cohesively ties … Read moreNabokov’s Language of Despair and The Real Life of Sebastian Knight