Vladimir Nabokov: Sogliadatai [The Eye] (1670 words)

Michael Rodgers (The Open University)
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Composed in 1930 whilst Vladimir Nabokov resided in Berlin (where he lived for fifteen years after being in exile from Russia following the Bolshevik Revolution), The Eye [Sogliadatai], ostensibly a lengthy short-story, is instead Nabokov’s leanest novel. It follows the oscillating perspectives of Gospodin Smurov, a member of the Russian intelligentsia, in the period of 1924-25. The novel’s main focus, as its title hints to and as its readers are asked to piece together, is that of kaleidoscopic perspectives in a world where the demarcations between fantasy and “reality” (ensnared by Nabokov’s mandatory inverted commas) are conflated. Its articulation of existential problems through an …

Citation: Rodgers, Michael. "Sogliadatai". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 10 September 2009 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=1962, accessed 25 February 2021.]

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