Kafka's Reality and Nabokov's Fantasy. on Dwarves, Saints, Beetles, Symbolism, and Genius

  title={Kafka's Reality and Nabokov's Fantasy. on Dwarves, Saints, Beetles, Symbolism, and Genius},
  author={Leland Deladurantaye},
  journal={Comparative Literature},
It is not difficult to hear echoes of Kafkan steps in the early works of Vladimir Nabokov. Critics have detected faint echoes in his early Russian novels The Eye (1930) and Despair (1933) (see Hyde 104, 109; and Foster) and more definite sounds in Invitation to a Beheading (1938). In the latter novel, a harmless hero in an abstracted world is interred in a castle, brought before an incomprehensible tribunal, and charged with the vaguest of crimes ("Gnostic turpitude"). This thematic similarity… 
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