Abstract

The influence of 1001 Nights on Vladimir Nabokov's Ada is explored. Although the narrator's evocation of the erotic and magical ambiance of the Nights reveals his intention to display himself as the Shahrazad of his memoir, his promiscuous behavior and violent conduct recall his congruity with Shahriyar. Moreover, Van and Ada's narcissistic love makes them morally blind to their half-sister, Lucette, who is associated by Nabokov with Dunyazade. This association leads to significant motifs in the novel, displays the unreliability of the narrator, and highlights Nabokov's moral art.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1536-1802
Print ISSN
1521-4281
Pages
pp. 45-60
Launched on MUSE
2012-04-29
Open Access
No
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