Speak, Memory: An Autobiography Revisited - Study Guide Chapter 14 Summary & Analysis

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After Cambridge, Nabokov lives a life of financial destitution and intellectual opulence as an ymigry in Western Europe. During this time, he seems incapable of a solid connection to any of the societies around him, and, aside from his wife Vyra, he claims to have made no more than two good friends over a span of twenty years.

The revolution sends most of the Russian writers and artists into exile; therefore, they have a considerable presence in the larger cities of Western Europe. It appears that the inability to publish, whether political or not, in their home country, casts a cloud over the exiled Russian intelligentsia. Publication outside of Russia is often insufficiently lucrative to provide a comfortable existence, even for older writers whose fame was well established before the revolution.

During this time, Nabokov develops a fondness for composing chess problems. He would spend hours with...

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