Ada: Make-Believe Stories
AbstractIn 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.”
|Journal series||Nabokov Online Journal, ISSN 1911-8422 , (0 pkt)|
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