The key to the enigma of the authorship of V. Nabokov’s novel “Pale Fire” lies in the epigraph to the novel: it formulates the algorism of the “reverse move” which is what organizes the narrative structure of the text. Kinbot is Shade’s black shadow; Shade is the glowing shadow of the Almighty also as of the only author of the novel’s macro text – V. Nabokov.
The structure of the chronotop of the metafictional prose of H. Hesse, V. Nabokov and M. Bulgakov is antinomic: the physical time/place action is restricted or secondary in significance and axiology while the chronotop of the world of the writer’s creative consciousness is boundless and overloaded with historical and cultural content.
Creative memory is the dominant feature in the writing process of Nabokov’s prose in general, and that of the novel The Gift in particular. Mnemosyna in Nabokov’s word has many faces, such as memory concrete, creative recollection, mystic-transcendental as well as cultural-reminiscential memory. The concrete memory of an event produces the illusion of lifelikeness; the rest of Mnemosyna’s hypostases weave a magic fabric of artistic endeavour. It can be observed in the specific style of Nabokov’s prose: loyalty to reality of life blended organically with fantasy and irrational-transcendental epiphanies of the artist-demiurge.