By Leving, Yuri; Nabokov, Vladimir Vladimirovich; Banville, John
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Nabokov was not the first to describe persecutory delusions laced with ideas of grandeur. He was preceded by Emil Kraepelin, Eugen Bleuler, and others. Yuri Leving: Despite Nabokov’s assurances, Katharine White continued pressing and asked Nabokov: “Do you mean [the story] to be straight fiction, or do you mean it to be a parody or satire on the gloomy new school of psychiatric fiction? I believe that it is the latter—and if I am wrong you’ll be very annoyed with me” (July 10, 1947). Are you aware of the impact of a “new school of psychiatric fiction” on either medical science or literature in the 1960–70s and whether there is any correlation between it and a real state of contemporary psychiatry?
The receiver was gently cradled. Her hand went to her old tired heart. “It frightened me,” she said. He smiled a quick smile and immediately resumed his excited monologue. They would fetch him as soon as it was day. Knives would have to be kept in a locked drawer. Even at his worst he presented no danger to other people. The telephone rang a second time. The same toneless anxious young voice asked for Charlie. “You have the incorrect number. ” They sat down to their unexpected festive midnight tea.
Nabokov makes us care about what happens to the son and his parents. Yuri Leving: Is it possible that Nabokov’s story has no definite solution at all, or poses limits to interpretation in terms of mathematics? John N. Crossley: Why should Nabokov’s story have a “solution”? In mathematics in general there is usually a solution even if, in some cases, the (meta-)solution is that it is not possible to calculate a solution. In a story, however, if a question is posed without an answer then there is a real question as to whether the author implies a solution, or whether, as in the case of the present story, Nabokov wants the story to haunt the reader and make him, or her, live with the continuing problem and engage in a debate over several possible solutions.
Anatomy of a Short Story : Nabokov's Puzzles, Codes, Signs and Symbols by Leving, Yuri; Nabokov, Vladimir Vladimirovich; Banville, John