Vladimir Nabokov

NABOKV-L post 0026985, Mon, 9 May 2016 16:59:30 -0300

Quiz: unreliable narrators and fictional certainties
Writing about Fran Assa's spotting of the name "Clare Bishop" [ Cf. The
Suicide of Claire Bishop - I just happened upon a novel of this title by
Carmiel Banasky, Dzanc Books, 2015. I skimmed it and could find no
attribution to Nabokov, so the title is probably a coincidence. On the
other hand I haven't read it "], Mary Efremov observes simply that: "she
supposedly died after giving birht if the artful brother is to be believed."
This commentary inspired me to invite the VN-L participants to offer
suggestions about the "fictional facts" that can be considered as
unquestionable "fictional truths" in any VN's novel.

I think that there are many such facts to be marked ( as, for example, that
Van and Ada are siblings) - but I'm curious about what Nablers think about
how often "unreliable narrators" distort most of the information the reader
gets access to.

Jansy Mello

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