Invitation to a Beheading

by Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov

Invitation to a Beheading

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As the judge whispers the death sentence to Cincinnatus, a torturous period of waiting begins

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Next, we go to prison. In Invitation to a Beheading, poor Cincinnatus C has been jailed for gnostical turpitude, a crime he understands no more than you do. His execution date is pending, but unknown; he spends his final days being acted upon by people and forces that are sometimes cruel, sometimes surreal and constantly hilarious, with Vladimir Nabokov misleading you at every turn in a way that will leave you hungry for more. Imagine Alice in Wonderland set in a prison constructed

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