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Lewis Hyde - Getting Past the Past

Friday 6th September 19:00 at Bristol - Galleries

We live in a culture that prizes memory – how much we can store, the quality of what’s preserved, how we might better document and retain the moments of our life while fighting off the nightmare of losing all that we have experienced. But what if forgetfulness was seen not as something to fear – be it in the form of illness or simple absentmindedness – but rather as a blessing, a balm, a path to peace and rebirth?

In his new book A Primer for Forgetting, Lewis Hyde, author of the classics The Gift and Trickster Makes This World, forges a new vision of forgetfulness by assembling fragments of art and writing from the ancient world to the modern, weighing the potential boons forgetfulness might offer the present moment as a creative and political force. The book also turns inward, using the author’s own life and memory as a canvas upon which to extol the virtues of a concept too long taken as an evil.

This is an essential session for those seeking to forget and remember and for a city dealing with guilt about the past. What should we remember and forget? Is there a good forgetting that means we can put things behind us and move on?


This is an event in partnership with Bristol Festival of Ideas

Further details: 01179252274

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Friday 6th September 19:00

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