Does anyone have information on what VN refers to in Speak Memory when he writes:
'Short of suicide, I have tried everything. I have doffed my identity in order to pass for a conventional spook and steal into realms that existed before I was conceived. I have mentally endured the degrading company of Victorian lady novelists and retired colonels who remembered having, in former lives, been slave messengers on a Roman road or sages under the willows of Lhasa.'
It certainly sounds like John Shade's quest and the IPH. A number of personages alluded to in PF were members of the SPR (Society for Psychical Research), the template for the IPH. Yet Nabokov seems vehement about never belonging to any organization, movement, etc.