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Symbols and Signs (short story)

  • Type: Short Story
  • Length: 8 pages

Symbols and Signs is a 1948 short story by notable author Vladimir Nabokov. - AsNotedIn

For the fourth time in as many years, they were confronted with the problem of what birthday present to take to a young man who was incurably deranged in his mind. Desires he had none. Man-made objects were to him either hives of evil, vibrant with a malignant activity that he alone could perceive, or gross comforts for which no use could be found in his abstract world.Vladimir Nabokov, Symbols and Signs

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Y/M/D Association Description Place Locale Food Event
1948/05/08 Vladimir Nabokov Author "Symbols and Signs" By Vladimir Nabokov is ready for publishing in The New Yorker.
1948/05/15 The New Yorker Publisher "Symbols and Signs" by Vladimir Nabokov is published in The New Yorker magazine.

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Particulars for Symbols and Signs (short story):
Narrative Arts Fiction prose literature, especially short stories and novels, that describes imaginary events and people
Communication Gesticulate use gestures, especially dramatic ones, instead of speaking
Disease Mental Illness wide range of mental health conditions disorders that affect your mood, thinking and behavior
Narrative Arts Narrative an account of connected events
Narrative Arts Prose ordinary written language
Historic Use Sanatorium an institution for the preservation or recovery of health, especially for convalescence, health resort
Art Type Short Story short form narrative fiction
Building attribute Tenement
Food Category Victual Solid Food, not Beverage

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