Escape into a different person, escape into a different reality: Despair by Vladimir Nabokov and Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Abstract:This article discusses Despair (1978) by Vladimir Nabokov and Rainer Werner Fassbinder's film adaptation as stories of escape. In both works the protagonist, Hermann Hermann, tries to flee into a different identity and ontological order. However, I argue that Nabokov's Hermann wants to escape from fiction to reality, whilst Fassbinder's protagonist strives to escape from reality into fiction. From this difference I derive some characteristics of the moral positions of Nabokov and Fassbinder.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: University of Central Lancashire.
Publication date: 2010-03-01
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- Adaptation, or the conversion of oral, historical or fictional narratives into stage drama has been common practice for centuries. In our own time the processes of cross-generic transformation continue to be extremely important in theatre as well as in the film and other media industries. Adaptation and the related areas of translation and intertextuality continue to have a central place in our culture with a profound resonance across our civilisation.
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