Vladimir Nabokov

NABOKV-L post 0014076, Thu, 16 Nov 2006 07:56:12 -0800

Gradus the automatic man
Carolyn Kunin is not necessarily describing the so-called "MPD": she states
that Shade suffered a stroke that created his delusional state as Kinbote.
This is not MPD. ...

Actually Jansy, I do think that VN had the phenomenon of multiple
personality in mind - - and his use of the word "automatic man" to describe
Gradus is one of the clues. In my reading on multiple personality I found
frequent references to automatic writing and other automatisms such as sleep
walking in the literature on the subject.

The gun Gradus carries, by the way, is also an "automatic."


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