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bend sinister

supposed stigma of illegitimate birth. [Heraldry: Misc.]
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A similar extradiegetic power emerges at the end of Nabokov's powerful tirade against fascist dictatorship in Bend Sinister (1972).
However, assuming he was not being coy with his interviewer, his first introduction to Sterne would roughly coincide with the decade during which he composed Real Life of Sebastian Knight, Nikolai Gogol, and Bend Sinister.
He explores what he labels as the "odd" (25) position of Bend Sinister in Nabokov's literary oeuvre and attributes it largely to the author's discomfort with writing political novels.
Three new volumes are devoted to Vladimir Nabakov: Novels and Memoirs 1941-1951 (which includes The Real Life of Sebastian Knight, Bend Sinister, and Speak Memory, 710 pages, $35.
His first novels in English, Real Life of Sebastian Knight,The (1941) and Bend Sinister (1947), do not rank with his best Russian work, but Pale Fire (1962) extends and completes Nabokov's mastery of unorthodox structure, first shown in The Gift.
It reminds me, I say adventurously, of Nabokov's 1947 novel Bend Sinister In this prescient and haunting book, a group of dolts and bullies takes power, under the leadership of the appalling Paduk, in the name of the Party of the Average Man.