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The Eye by Vladimir Nabokov
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Oct 30, 2011

really liked it
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A man decides to kill himself after a confrontation with a lovers husband leaves him feeling humiliated.
He awakes from death, and while believing he is still dead, feels empowered to observe the small group of Russian emigres in Berlin he has become acquainted with, especially the perception they have of a man named Smurov.

And so is the story of The Eye.

An interesting examination of the perception we have of ourselves and the importance we put on others perceptions of ourselves.
Originally written in Russian and translated into English by Nabokov, Nabokov's use of the English language is amazing.

"For I do not exist: there exist but the thousands of mirrors that reflect me."
And, in the end, the reader becomes one more mirror.


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