NABOKV-L post 0026988, Tue, 10 May 2016 11:01:07 -0400

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Re: Quiz: unreliable narrators and fictional certainties
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landlady klara stoboy in the gift?another unreliable narrator's gimmick



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From: Robert Boyle <allocapnia@GMAIL.COM>
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Subject: Re: [NABOKV-L] Quiz: unreliable narrators and fictional certainties



How about Gazdanov's novel, An Evening with Claire?


On Mon, May 9, 2016 at 3:59 PM, Jansy Mello <jansy.mello@outlook.com> wrote:


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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