Speak, Memory: An Autobiography Revisited Setting & Symbolism

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Vyra

Vyra is the country estate set in the Russian countryside. As Nabokov recounts his childhood he is nostalgic for Vyra.

Moths/Butterflies

Nabokov is obsessive with moths and butterflies from an early age. Multiple times he refers to this being an interest even in his adulthood.

Liberal School

The Liberal School is where Nabokov’s father sends him once he is too old for tutors. It is a school for intellectual thinkers.

Duel

When Nabokov is attending the Liberal School, his father challenges a reporter who has defamed him to a duel. The reporter apologizes and the duel is canceled.

Biarritz

Biarritz, France is where Nabokov’s family travels to vacation.

Crimea

Crimea is where Nabokov’s family travels to when they think their exile will be brief. They later flee Crimea for Constantinople and then Berlin.

Love Letters

Tamara and Nabokov write love letters to each...

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