'And now the answer,' he said.
Krug, a philosopher in an unnamed European country, rejects the political regime of a recent Revolution led by his childhood classmate, Paduk. Paduk's political doctrine, Ekwilism, is vague and confused, but is clearly designed to promote conformity and deconstruct individuality. Krug's resistance to Paduk's requests that he publicly support the State creates the novel's dramatic impetus. Braided, somehow, into all layers of the novel, is one Wm. Shakespeare, whose works, words, and worlds inform, question, and comment upon the action.
"Similarly, the influence of my epoch on my present book is as negligible as
the influence of my books, or at least of this book, on my epoch."
'The story of the free man under the totalitarian state is still the classic
tragedy of our age, and in 'Bend Sinister' it is given striking and original
treatment, at once impressive, powerful and oddly exasperating.'
'Nabokov has mastered every kind of virtuosity that has been developed in
Scholarly Criticism of Bend Sinister:
Begnal, Michael H. "Adam Krug's Parrot"A Bibliography of Critical Works on Bend Sinister
Information about the film adaptation of Bend Sinister
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