About the author:
Ildiko Maria Racz, Ph.D., University Lorand Etvesh, Faculty of Humanities, st. Museum, 6–8, 1088 Budapest, Hungary.
ORCID ID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2289-7114
Memory is like art: a creative, constructive act, which is perfectly felt in the works of Ivan Bunin and Vladimir Nabokov. The kinship of memory with creativity is also confirmed by the fact that the inner emotional world of the creative subject is decisive in both processes. One of the points of connection and particular sensitivity of the art of Bunin and Nabokov is precisely the fact that they do not believe in time. The time of consciousness is also separated from the physically measurable time of reason in Nabokov’s first novel and Bunin’s story “Mitya’s Love”. In the world of their heroes a key role belongs to various forms of manifestation of memory: individual, historical, and even archaic. The connection with the past expands the boundaries of the personal existence of their heroes, allows the individual to feel himself part of the One Whole. Bunin’s characters, who embodied the ideal of eternal feminine, tend to come to life in memory as well. And like the rose of Jericho, in the stories of Bunin written in exile the historical Russia also comes to life again, becoming a timeless theme of historical memory. The act of remembrance moves us away from the present, thanks to it, we can relive the past with a “living life”.