Memory Theater

A Novel

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Publisher Description

From this renowned philosopher comes a debut work of fiction, at once a brilliant précis of the history of philosophy, a semiautobiographical meditation on the absurd relationship between knowledge and memory, and a very funny story

A French philosopher dies during a savage summer heat wave. Boxes carrying his unpublished papers mysteriously appear in Simon Critchley’s office. Rooting through them, Critchley discovers a brilliant text on the ancient art of memory and a cache of astrological charts predicting the deaths of various philosophers. Among them is a chart for Critchley himself, laying out in great detail the course of his life and eventual demise. While waiting for his friend’s prediction to come through, Critchley receives the missing, final box, which contains a maquette of Giulio Camillo’s sixteenth-century Venetian memory theater, a space supposed to contain the sum of all knowledge. With nothing left to hope for, Critchley devotes himself to one final project before his death—the building of a structure to house his collective memories and document the remnants of his entire life.

GENRE
Fiction & Literature
RELEASED
2015
November 17
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
112
Pages
PUBLISHER
Other Press
SELLER
Penguin Random House LLC
SIZE
6.1
MB

Customer Reviews

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Memory Theater

This small book is a bit self-indulgent on author’s part, more like inner thoughts in preparation for a Lecture, than ideas developed to be enjoyed by readers. That said, it could be perfect while waiting for a flight; its world feels centuries and continents away from our own. And the focus is on serious pondering by the smartest people of their times.
I’ll be researching some of the highly inventive Thinkers here.

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