Ada: Make-Believe Stories

Mikołaj Wiśniewski


In his essay “Ada: Make-believe Stories” Mikołaj Wiśniewski (University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Poland) analyzes Ada’s peculiar merging of fantasy and reality, truth and fiction, which has prompted some critics to see Nabokov’s late masterpiece – with its linguistic charades, the parodying of literary genres, the radical undermining of the narrator’s reliability – as an overblown formal gimmick, a tour de force of postmodern indeterminacy. Wiśniewski sets Ada’s formal playfulness in the larger context of Nabokov’s life-long fascination with the problem of creative memory – of artistic remembrance which, as Ada herself puts it, always contains the subjective, distorting element of “otsiebiatina” (that which is added “oт себя” – “from oneself”), and thus forms the life-protecting, death-defying lie of art or imagination. In Ada, therefore, Nabokov seems to subscribe to the belief – expressed in one of Italo Calvino’s novels - that “literature’s worth lies in its power of mystification, in mystification it has its truth.”
Author Mikołaj Wiśniewski (Wydział Nauk Humanistycznych i Społecznych)
Mikołaj Wiśniewski,,
- Wydział Nauk Humanistycznych i Społecznych
Journal seriesNabokov Online Journal, ISSN 1911-8422 , (0 pkt)
Issue year2014
Publication size in sheets0.65
Languageen angielski
Mikolaj Wisniewski-Ada.Make-believe.pdf 933.84 KB
Score (nominal)5
Citation count*
Additional fields
Dorobek Naukowy - Preview URL
Dorobek Naukowy - Approve URL
Share Share

Get link to the record

* presented citation count is obtained through Internet information analysis and it is close to the number calculated by the Publish or Perish system.
Are you sure?