The Memory Police

The Memory Police

Summary

**Shortlisted for the International Booker Prize 2020**

On an unnamed island, objects are disappearing: first hats, then ribbons, birds, roses. . .

Most of the inhabitants are oblivious to these changes, while those who remember live in fear of the Memory Police.

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?

'Beautiful... Haunting' Sunday Times

'This timeless fable of control and loss feels more timely than ever' Guardian

Reviews

  • The Memory Police is a masterpiece: a deep pool that can be experienced as fable or allegory, warning and illumination. It is a novel that makes us see differently, opening up its ideas in inconspicuous ways, knowing that all moments of understanding and grace are fleeting. It is political and human, it makes no promises. It is a rare work of patient and courageous vision
    Madeleine Thien, Guardian

About the author

Yoko Ogawa

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, The Housekeeper and the Professor, Hotel Iris and Revenge. Her most recent novel, The Memory Police, was shortlisted for the International Booker Prize.
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