Vladimir Nabokov

Toker, Leona. Nabokov’s Factography. 2019

Bibliographic title
Nabokov’s Factography
Periodical or collection
Vladimir Nabokov and the Fictions of Memory
Publication year
Nabokov’s fictional retrospective first-person narratives rely on the “perfect-memory” convention, which is, however, sometimes laid bare or even subverted. This convention makes no inroads in  Nabokov’s factographic narratives, such as Speak, Memory and “Abram Gannibal.” This paper discusses the narrative techniques that replace the “perfect-memory” convention in the “childhood-adolescence-youth” part of Speak, Memory, and the way these techniques relate to Nabokov’s view of the workings of memory, in the context of some of his literary and philosophical precursors.