The Memory Police

The Memory Police

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On an unnamed island off an unnamed coast, objects are disappearing: first hats, then ribbons, birds, roses—until things become much more serious. Most of the island's inhabitants are oblivious to these changes, while those few imbued with the power to recall the lost objects live in fear of the draconian Memory Police, who are committed to ensuring that what has disappeared remains forgotten.

When a young woman who is struggling to maintain her career as a novelist discovers that her editor is in danger from the Memory Police, she concocts a plan to hide him beneath her floorboards. As fear and loss close in around them, they cling to her writing as the last way of preserving the past.

A surreal, provocative fable about the power of memory and the trauma of loss, The Memory Police is a stunning new work from one of the most exciting contemporary authors writing in any language.

Title:The Memory Police
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781101870600
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    The Memory Police Reviews

  • Kat

    gotta consider how to describe my thoughts on this one, but i’m pretty confident that a three star is the way to go (although it’s honestly subject to change. u know me, indecisive af)...

  • Marchpane

    The Memory Police is a hypnotic, gentle novel, that begins as a surveillance-state dystopia and ends as something more existential: a surreal and haunting meditation on our sense of self. First pu...

  • Robin

    The horrors of forgetting At first glance, The Memory Police, originally published in Japan in 1994 and now available in an excellent English translation, looks like a descendant of George Orwell's...

  • Ariel

    I still think that the premise of this book is really thought provoking as an extension (and perhaps even conclusion?) to Orwell's 1984 but the plot didn't pull it together for me. I left with a lot o...

  • Jim Fonseca

    We’re in a small town on a Japanese island. It’s dominated by the brutal “memory police” who make things disappear. Well, they make people make them disappear by declaring that ribbon or emera...

  • Carol

    The Memory Police is one of my top ten books for 2019.Originally published in 1994, and released in translation only this year, and with a decent marketing budget as evidenced by the stunning cover an...

  • Amalia Gkavea

    ‘’Long ago, before you were born, there were many more things here; my mother used to tell me when I was still a child. ‘’Transparent things, fragrant things...fluttery ones, bright ones......

  • Michael

    Quiet and understated, The Memory Police reflects on what it means to remember the past in the face of state repression. The allegorical novel follows an unnamed writer living on a remote island locke...

  • Olivia (Stories For Coffee)

    This book cannot be rated because it surpasses that structure of confinement that a star rating can give. I picked this book up from my library after seeing it in B&N and reading the blurb, “a haunt...

  • Adina

    Shortlisted for International Booker prize 2020This was the final book I read from the International Booker Prize shortlist. When I first finished the short novel I considered my reading experience to...