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Mary, p. 36: Böcklin’s The Isle of the Dead

October 18, 2009

After Klara catches Ganin searching Alyorov’s room for signs of Mary, they return to Klara’s room where hangs a copy of The Isle of the Dead, painted by the Swiss symbolist Arnold Böcklin; Böcklin painted several versions of the popular image between 1880 and 1886.  Here is one version:

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Perhaps a visual analogue to Nabokov’s many islands and kingdoms (by the sea), all associated with temporality and mortality?

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