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The scene is set. A disturbing element is introduced (the son’s illness). The parents go away to try to resolve the situation. A solution is proposed. Then there is an unexpected element—the phone calls. But then, instead of resolving the situation, Nabokov leaves the reader hanging. There is one obvious ending, but isn’t Nabokov smarter than that? 1 When we look at the sentence structure we find that Nabokov’s approach is Orwellian: he uses simple words. This conveys a sense of mundanity and the drabness of the parents’ existence.
Would you need to make any amendments or revisions to the storyline? What would you want to highlight and what, possibly, would you want to diminish? Would you keep the open end? Would you create an alternative climax in the story? Murray Biggs: Since the story itself hardly needs improving, a theater adaptation could and should hew closely to Nabokov’s narrative line. The original highlights the mother’s character and situation and her relationship with her husband, especially as conditioned by their son’s ailment.
But on purely creative considerations, expanding the story, “opening it up” as they like to say, requires that a screenwriter invent material that in the story is only implied. While there are notable exceptions (David Seidler, Aaron Sorkin, Steve Zaillian, Nicole Holofcener to name a few), screenwriters are not generally thought of (or hired) for their literary chops. You’d want to find a writer and director with the sensitivity and ability to digest the story and transliterate 18 Anatomy of a Short Story it to the larger narrative canvas.
Anatomy of a Short Story : Nabokov's Puzzles, Codes, Signs and Symbols by Leving, Yuri; Nabokov, Vladimir Vladimirovich; Banville, John