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The Return of Chorb

The Return of Chorb

by Vladimir Nabokov

Analysis: Genre

Literary Fiction, Psychological Thriller and Suspense

"The Return of Chorb" is an odd duck. As one of Nabokov’s more artful short stories, it’s certainly classic literary fiction – focused more on style and artistry than plot. But it’s got an interesting element of suspense thrown in there, too. Look at it this way: a crazed widower, a prostitute, the spectral appearance of his dead wife, creepy happenings in a seedy hotel room – sounds like a psychological thriller, doesn’t it?

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