Vladimir E. Alexandrov


Yale University

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Cycnos | Volume 10 n°1

How Can Ethics Exist in Nabokov’s Fated Worlds?

“I would like to suggest that there is an unresolvable paradox in Nabokov’s art and in his world view: although on a number of occasions he professed faith in freedom and contingency, he did not in fact dramatize or embody them in his fictions or his autobiography1. By contrast, he demonstrates remarkably well how both he and his characters are trapped in fatidic webs that abut a transcendent realm2. I would like to suggest in addition that this paradox is inevitable for two interrelated reasons: one is the world view that Nabokov had and that un...”

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