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Invitation to a Beheading embodies the vision of a bizarre and irrational world. In an unnamed country, the young man Cincinnatus C. is condemned to death by beheading for "gnostical turpitude," an imaginary crime that defines definition. Cincinnatus spends his final days in a jail where he is visited by chimerical jailers, an executioner, and by his in-laws. When Cincinnatus is led out to be executed, he simply wills his executioners out of existence; they disappear, along with the whole world they inhabit.