Invitation to a Beheading was an original adaptation of Vladimir Nabokov's story by the same name. It centered on Cincinnatus C., a man sentenced to death by beheading for the crime of being an individual, but is not told on which day he is to be executed. He waits in his cell as his reality becomes more and more surreal the closer he gets to his inevitable end.
Novels and other works by Nabokov: Ada, Bend SInister, Christmas, Despair, The Enchanter, The Eye, The Gift, Glory, Invitation to a Beheading, King, Queen, Knave, Laughter in the Dark, Lolita, Look at the Harlequins!, Mary, Pale Fire, Pnin, The Real Life of Sebastian Knight, A Russian Beauty and other Stories, Speak, Memory, Transparent Things, Tyrants Destroyed and Other Stories
Written in Berlin in 1934, "Invitation to a Beheading" contains all the surprise, excitement and magical intensity of a work created in two brief weeks of sustained inspiration. It takes us into the fantastic prison-world of Cincinnatus, a man condemned to death and spending his last days in prison not quite knowing when the end will come. Nabokov described the book as 'a violin in a void. The worldling will deem it a trick. Old men will hurriedly turn from it to regional romances and the lives of public figures ...The evil-minded will perceive in little Emmie a sister of little Lolita ...But I know a few readers who will jump up, ruffling their hair'.