Motif of Infidelity in V. Nabokov’s Laughter in the Dark

  • Martyna Sienkiewicz University of Warsaw


The aim of this paper is to present a model and function of infidelity in one of V. Nabokov Russian language novels, The Laughter in the Dark. Infidelity motif plays a key role in characters creation and action development. Characters are immersed in a complicated infidelity scheme, interchange, forming unusual plot spider web. Discussed novel, in the means of structure and subject, reminds previous novel of Russian-American author – King, Queen, Knave. Moreover, infidelity motif is additionally complemented by other, repeating in Nabokov works, motifs (butterflies, mirrors, crime and punishment, and more).
Dec 1, 2016
How to Cite
SIENKIEWICZ, Martyna. Motif of Infidelity in V. Nabokov’s Laughter in the Dark. European Journal of Language and Literature, [S.l.], v. 2, n. 3, p. 70-75, dec. 2016. ISSN 2411-4103. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 21 may 2019. doi: