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The Memory Police (Paperback)
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The Memory Police (Paperback)

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Paperback 352 Pages / Published: 13/08/2020
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'A masterpiece' Guardian. A compelling speculative mystery by one of Japan's greatest writers. Hat, ribbon, bird, rose. To the people on the island, a disappeared thing no longer has any meaning. It can be burned in the garden, thrown in the river or handed over to the Memory Police. Soon enough, the island forgets it ever existed. When a young novelist discovers that her editor is in danger of being taken away by the Memory Police, she desperately wants to save him. For some reason, he doesn't forget, and it's becoming increasingly difficult for him to hide his memories. Who knows what will vanish next? The Memory Police is a beautiful, haunting and provocative fable about the power of memory and the trauma of loss, from one of Japan's greatest writers. 'One of Japan's most acclaimed authors explores truth, state surveillance and individual autonomy. Echoes 1984, Fahrenheit 451, and 100 Years of Solitude, but it has a voice and power all its own.' Time Magazine SHORTLISTED FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FOR TRANSLATED LITERATURE

Publisher: Vintage Publishing
ISBN: 9781784700447
Number of pages: 352
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm


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"The Memory Police is a masterpiece: a deep pool that can be experienced as fable or allegory, warning and illumination. It is a novel that makes us see differently, opening up its ideas in inconspicuous ways, knowing that all moments of understanding and grace are fleeting. It is political and human, it makes no promises. It is a rare work of patient and courageous vision" -- Madeleine Thien * Guardian *
"It's an age since I read a book as strange, beautiful and affecting... this haunting work reaches beyond...to examine what it is to be human... a remarkable writer" * Sunday Times *
"Masterly...Like Colson Whitehead's Underground Railroad and Mohsin Hamid's Exit West, Yoko Ogawa's novel transforms a familiar metaphor into imaginative truth." -- Jia Tolentino * The New Yorker *
"In a feat of dark imagination, Yoko Ogawa stages an intimate, suspenseful drama of courage and endurance while conjuring up a world that is at once recognizable and profoundly strange" * Wall Street Journal *
"Explores questions of power, trauma and state surveillance...particularly resonant now, at a time of rising authoritarianism across the globe." * New York Times, pick of the month *

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“Hauntingly Beautiful”

There have always been disappearances on the island, objects come and go, people disappear, concepts vanish in a single night. But when this process starts to speed up – what else do the Memory Police want forgotten?... More

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“Thought provoking and a recommended read.”

I really enjoyed this book.

A vision into a state under extreme control by the Memory Police where gradually things disappear from the memories of the world, for example, no memory of ferries means no-one can escape... More

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“Beautifully, extraordinarily and profoundly sad.”

This book is beautifully, extraordinarily and profoundly sad.

The Memory Police lingers in the world of the truly weird and bizarre, the world within its pages is a surreal world, one that defies any rule of... More

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