Foreword and Chapter 1
• "Speak, Memory" is an autobiographical novel culled from essays on Nabokov's life.
• Nabokov opens his autobiography with a short meditation on the periods of inexistence before birth and after death and says autobiography is a battle against this darkness.
• His first memories are significant because of what he learns about himself or they lead to other important memories.
• A memory of a bracelet leads to a memory of his father, which leads to a memory of General Kuropatkin.
• Nabokov's father is a prominent aristocrat, a member of the Constitutionalist Democratic Party, which won a majority of seats in the first parliamentary elections in 1906; when Nabokov is young, the townsfolk would ask his father to mediate arguments or provide financial support for civic needs, which would often take him away from the dinner table.
• Nabokov reveals that his mind always associates sounds with colors, and...
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