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The Memory Police

The Memory Police (Hardback)

By Ogawa, Yoko
Translated by Snyder, Stephen

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It can be burned in the garden, thrown in the river or handed over to the Memory Police. For some reason, he doesn't forget, and it's becoming increasingly difficult for him to hide his memories.The Memory Police is a beautiful, haunting and provocative fable about the power of m... read full description below.

ISBN 9781846559495
Barcode 9781846559495
Published 15 August 2019 by Vintage
Format Hardback
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ISBN-13 9781846559495
ISBN-10 1846559499
Stock Available
Status Indent title (internationally sourced), usually ships 4-6 weeks
Publisher Vintage
Imprint Harvill Secker
Publication Date 15 August 2019
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Ogawa, Yoko
Translated by Snyder, Stephen
Category General & Literary Fiction
Adventure / Thriller
Number of Pages 288
Dimensions Width: 144mm
Height: 222mm
Spine: 29mm
Weight 407g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress FICTION / Dystopian, FICTION / Psychological, Fiction in translation
NBS Text General & Literary Fiction
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 895.636
Catalogue Code 990794

Description of this Book

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. For readers of The Handmaid's Tale, Fahrenheit 451 and Nineteen Eighty-Four.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review Although, at the outset, the plot feels quite Orwellian, Ogawa employs a quiet, poetic prose to capture the diverse (and often unexpected) emotions of the people left behind * Kirkus, starred review *
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 2 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

Yoko Ogawa (Author) Yoko Ogawa has won every major Japanese literary award. Her fiction has appeared in the New Yorker, A Public Space and Zoetrope. Her works include The Diving Pool, a collection of three novellas, The Housekeeper and the Professor, Hotel Iris and Revenge.

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