The Real Life of Sebastian Knight  

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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
The Real Life of Sebastian Knight is a novel by Vladimir Nabokov, written from late 1938 to early 1939 and published in 1941 by New Directions Publishers. Ostensibly Nabokov's first major work in English, it was composed in Paris while the author sat in the bathroom, his valise set across a bidet as a writing desk.Template:Fact Nabokov retreated into the bathroom to write, so as not to disturb his wife and newborn son in their one-room apartment.

Plot summary

The narrator V ("V stands for Victor" as Nabokov revealed to Andrew Field in a letter) is absorbed in the composition of his work, a literary biography of his half-brother the famous English language novelist, Sebastian Knight.

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