Wladimir Troubetzkoy


University of Versailles

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Cycnos | Volume 12 n°2

Vladimir Nabokov’s Despair: The Reader as “April’s Fool”

“One must recognize that Otchaianie, the 1936 Russian version of Vladimir Nabokov’s Despair, in some respects, seems more modernist, and even more postmodernist than the American translation and revision of 1965: in this last edition, Nabokov has added many important precisions to present Hermann Karlovich as a complete lunatic and a mad, unreliable narrator, which makes Hermann Karlovich a coherent one at the expense of his polysemic character. One can even say that, in spite of his well-known contempt for psychoanalysis, Nabokov, maybe influenced by his life in America, where psychoanalysis was fashionable, as in Europe, or maybe in o...”

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