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The memory police : a novel de Yōko Ogawa
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The memory police : a novel (1994 original; edició 2019)

de Yōko Ogawa, Stephen Snyder (Translator.), Traci Kato-Kiriyama (Narrator.)

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"On an unnamed island off an unnamed coast, things are disappearing. First, animals and flowers. Then objects--ribbons, bells, photographs. Then, body parts. Most of the island's inhabitants fail to notice these changes, while those few imbued with the power to recall the lost objects live in fear of the mysterious 'memory police,' who are committed to ensuring that the disappeared remain forgotten. When a young novelist realizes that more than her career is in danger, she hides her editor beneath her floorboards, and together, as fear and loss close in around them, they cling to literature as the last way of preserving the past"--… (més)
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Títol:The memory police : a novel
Autors:Yōko Ogawa
Altres autors:Stephen Snyder (Translator.), Traci Kato-Kiriyama (Narrator.)
Informació:[New York, NY] : Random House Audio, 2019.
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The Memory Police de Yoko Ogawa (1994)

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I'm truly ambivalent about this novel.

On one hand, it's interrogatively introspective, hauntingly allegorical, beautifully poetic.

On the other, it's frustrating, excessively contemplative, and so sorely lacking in plot that the 'action' seems totally out-of-place — like it was shoehorned in at the behest of a publisher when they realised the public can only consume so much navel-gazing.

Would I recommend it? Absolutely; it's worth a read. Do I think you would enjoy it? No.

Content warnings: death, loss, memory manipulation, body dysmorphia, police brutality, kidnapping, Stockholm syndrome, rape ( )
  Katrana | Oct 13, 2021 |
Ogawa's novel is a surreal and somewhat addictive vision of a society that's both familiar in make-up and, thankfully, foreign in concept. With a what-if scenario taken to extremes and characters who are as flawed and believable as they are engaging, the novel takes us through the everyday world of a people subjected to things being disappeared--from both reality and memory--as they are chosen and then policed out of existence. With gorgeous prose and a deceptively easy manner, the book still manages to be a heavy and sometimes difficult read, but in only good ways. And Ogawa leaves readers with an ending that is as ungrounded as the text, both certain and carefully manufactured to leave readers questioning what they've learned and what they can know of the world in the novel.

It is a strange, startling read, quiet and unsettling, and I am glad to have found it. This will be one I re-read and recommend. ( )
  whitewavedarling | Oct 6, 2021 |
*Received via NetGalley for review*

A beautiful, dreamy, and existentially terrifying tale of an unarmed protagonist on an island where things are gradually disappearing. They don't physically disappear: they still exist, but residents lose all knowledge, memories, and perception of them, rendering them functionally invisible.

There are a select few who can remember, who are not affected. R, the main character's friend, is one of them. Her mother was another. Unfortunately, the protagonist is not, and neither is her friend the old man.

I tend to find Japanese fiction much slower and more anonymous than American fiction, and The Memory Police is typical of that. The young woman and the old man are never named, and neither are any other characters. They are not the ones who are important; what they're going through is. And, while these disturbing things are happening and acknowledged, no one panics about it. They all accept, even as the disappearances get more extreme.

The Memory Police, themselves, don't play as much of a role as is stated: there are a few encounters with them, and they are the reason for the main conflict, but once things get really serious, they fade away.

The young woman's tale of the typist and her teacher is even throughout, and beautiful and terrifying allegory for her situation. It really ties everything together. ( )
  Elna_McIntosh | Sep 29, 2021 |
I was glad that, while the whole book deals heavily in allegory, it didn't feel overbearing. Indeed, the story is quite unassuming and gentle, especially for dealing with such disturbing material. The limbs, the limbs... ( )
  misslevel | Sep 22, 2021 |
An interesting read. Memory and losing memories, the totalitarian context, nameless people and places. I could not really separate the novel the progatonist was writing at first (not sure if I did at all?) but it was a strange fetischistic stoy that I could't really put to context. I think I need to read this book on paper to be able to tell what is going on. ( )
  Iira | Sep 21, 2021 |
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"On an unnamed island off an unnamed coast, things are disappearing. First, animals and flowers. Then objects--ribbons, bells, photographs. Then, body parts. Most of the island's inhabitants fail to notice these changes, while those few imbued with the power to recall the lost objects live in fear of the mysterious 'memory police,' who are committed to ensuring that the disappeared remain forgotten. When a young novelist realizes that more than her career is in danger, she hides her editor beneath her floorboards, and together, as fear and loss close in around them, they cling to literature as the last way of preserving the past"--

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