Vladimir Nabokov, Tyrants Destroyed

William Norman (University of Kent at Canterbury)
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The short story

Istreblenie tiranov

[

Tyrants Destroyed

] was written in May and June of 1938, while Nabokov was staying in Menton in the south of France. It was first published in the Parisian émigré journal

Russkie zapiski

in August of 1938, and later collected in

Vesna v Fialte

[

Spring in Fialta

] in 1956. The story appeared in English translation in the collection

Tyrants Destroyed and Other Stories

(1975), and was then included in

The Stories of Vladimir Nabokov

(Knopf, 1995, reprinted as

Collected Stories

, Penguin, 1997).

Tyrants Destroyed is narrated in the first person by a poor art teacher living under a totalitarian regime directed by an unnamed dictator. As the story opens, we are told in the first line that “the growth of his power and fame were matched, in my imagination, by

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Citation: Norman, William. "Tyrants Destroyed". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 25 September 2008 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=21506, accessed 22 June 2024.]

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