The Real Life of Sebastian Knight
"The only real number is one, the rest are mere repetition."
The Real Life of Sebastian Knight details the research and composition of a biography of the deceased English novelist, Sebastian Knight, by his half-brother, "V." In searching for the truth behind Sebastians' life, V. seeks to discover the identity suggested by the facts.
The Real Life of Sebastian Knight was Nabokov's first completed novel in English. It was written in a tiny apartment in Paris in 1938, and carried to America when the Nabokov family emigrated in 1941.
"In its own most individual way this variation on the dual themes of real identity and literary biography is a little masterpiece of cerebration and execution."
"The Real Life of Sebastian Knight is one of those rare masterpieces, rare and glinted, fast beyond irony."
Scholarly Criticism of The Real Life of Sebastian Knight:
Begnal, Michael H. "The Fledgling Fictionalist"A Bibliography of Critical Works on The Real Life of Sebastian Knight
MARY | KING, QUEEN, KNAVE | THE DEFENSE
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