Speak, Memory

by Vladimir Nabokov

In Brief

The first part of Nabokov's life is recounted as a remembrance of things past. It spans the period from his early years in St Petersburg to his time as a refugee of the Russian revolution in Europe, and weaves in his nostalgia for the Russia he left at 18 and never revisited.

Why you should read it

Not only is this an important book for anyone wanting to learn more about early 20th century Russia or Nabokov, it is so beautifully written that it will reward any reader who can stomach Nabokov's literary self-indulgence. The Modern Library rated it the 8th best nonfiction book of all time.

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