Speak, Memory by Vladimir Nabokov

Speak, Memory is an autobiographical memoir by writer Vladimir Nabokov. The first twelve chapters describe Nabokov's remembrance of his youth in a quasi-aristocratic family living in pre-revolutionary Saint Petersburg and their country estate Vyra near Siverskaya. The final three chapters recall his years at Cambridge and as part of the Russian émigré community in Berlin and Paris. The book is dedicated to his wife Vera and covers his life from 1903 until his emigration to America in 1940.

The 18th greatest nonfiction book of all time


This book is on the following lists:

  1. - 8th on The Modern Library | 100 Best Nonfiction (The Modern Library)
  2. - 8th on The Ideal Library (Book)
  3. - 61st on 100 Best Books (Montana State University)
  4. - 90th on The 100 Best Non-Fiction Books of the Century (National Review)
  5. - 100 Major Works of Modern Creative Nonfiction (About.com)
  6. - The New Lifetime Reading Plan (The New Lifetime Reading Plan)

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Vladimir Nabokov : Novels and Memoirs 1941-1951 : The Real Life of Sebastian Knight, Bend Sinister, Speak, Memory (Library of America) Hardcover 462362 $20.00 $4.16 1996
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