The Real Life of Sebastian Knight
The Real Life of Sebastian Knight, Nabokov's first novel in English, was completed in Paris in 1938, first published by New Directions in 1941, reissued in 1959 to wide critical acclaim and now relaunched again, with an appreciative introduction by Pulitzer-Prize winning critic Michael Dirda.
This, the narrator tells us, is the real life of famous author Sebastian Knight, the inside story. After Knight's death, his half-brother sets out to penetrate the mystery of the famous English novelist's life, but he is impeded by the false, the distorted, the irrelevant. Yet the search proves to be a story quite as intriguing as any of Sebastian Knight's own books, as baffling, and, in the end, as uniquely rewarding. On one level, this literary detective story has pungent points to make about the role of the artist in a society basically hostile to the creative spirit. On another, The Real Life of Sebastian Knight probes the essential problem of the ambiguity of human identity: Just who was Sebastian Knight?
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Review: The Real Life of Sebastian KnightUser Review - Volker Durre - Goodreads
Nabokov is without a doubt a great writer. And this short book is delightfully ironic and cleverly self referential to many readers, but not to me. For me it is rather dreadful, but that is just my personal experience. Read full review
Review: The Real Life of Sebastian KnightUser Review - Rachel Ko - Goodreads
If you have the copy with Michael Dirda's introduction, its great! just read it after you've finished the novel. cheers. Read full review