Herbert Grabes

University of Giessen

Articles de l'auteur

Cycnos | Volume 10 n°1

The Deconstruction of Autobiography: Look at the Harlequins!

“I heard strangers discuss in droning voices all the books I had written, for everything they mentioned, titles, the names of characters, every phrase they shouted was pre­posterously distorted by the delirium of demonic scholar­ship.1 Happily, this isn’t Nabokov speaking in his own character — no; and even when he confers his auditory illusion on his parodic double in Look at the Harlequins!, it is further reduced to “solid fantasy,”2 due to a fit of madness. And yet this mad illusion ma...”

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Cycnos | Volume 12 n°2

A Prize for the (Post-)Modernist Nabokov

“I.Ladies and Gentlemen of the jury! It is you I address first in my prize-giving speech at this year’s Postmodernist Literature Festival because I long to congratulate you on your excellent choice. “Vladimir Nabokov” — how can it be that the prize for postmodernist literature comes so late for an author who gave us the gift (or Dar) of the new kind of writing so much earlier than the critics realized it was coming? Yet better late than never (as the hero of Nabokov’s last novel thought when he finished his autobiography after he had already died). And I am particularly grateful that you have given me the chance to contribute to righti...”

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