The Real Life of Sebastian Knight

Books by Sebastian Knight

The narrator discusses the following (fictitious) works by SK:

  • The Prismatic Bezel, Sebastian's first novel, "a rollicking parody of the setting of a detective tale" reflected in V's search for SK's Russian lover.
  • Success, Sebastian's second novel, traces "the exact way in which two lines of life were made to come into contact" (forming a "V", like V's narration)
  • Lost Property, Sebastian's memoir. "A counting of the things and souls lost" on SK's "literary journey of discovery", a counting reflected in V's narration.
  • "The Funny Mountain", a short story
  • "Albinos in Black", a short story
  • "The Back of the Moon", – this short story includes a Mr. Siller whose likeness resurfaces in V's narration as Mr. Silbermann,
  • The Doubtful Asphodel, this book is about "A man is dying, and he is the hero of the tale . . . The man is the book; the book itself is heaving and dying, and drawing up a ghostly knee"(175) and may be seen as a reflection on V's book.

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