*** 2019 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST ***
*** LONGLISTED FOR THE 2020 INTERNATIONAL BOOKER PRIZE AND THE 2020 TRANSLATED BOOK AWARD ***
*** NEW YORK TIMES 100 NOTABLE BOOKS OF THE YEAR ***
A haunting Orwellian novel about the terrors of state surveillance, from the acclaimed author of The Housekeeper and the Professor.
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.
Thought provoking and poetically written
The setting and characters create a vivid atmosphere full of a creeping dread and loss that is poetically conveyed. This is not a story about solving a mystery and uncovering some conspiracy. Despite wanting to figure things out, I realized that is not the point abd when I did my enjoyment increased. The narrative does not follow what is considered a western narrative arc which may or may not work for everyone.
Suitable for pre teens
This is the most sophomoric drivel I’ve read in a very long time. There were quite a few contradictions describing the same “item” or occurrence for instance. This was a great premise but it was so badly executed that it was painful to read. It was even more painful to listen to the narration.