The Memory Police by Yoko Ogawa

Tue, 10/15/2019 - 2:10pm -- JGranatino

Fans of Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale and The Testaments may enjoy this dark tale of an unnamed dystopian island where familiar natural and man-made objects randomly disappear – and subsequently also disappear from the collective memory. Those who retain memories of disappeared items are in grave danger, potentially attracting the attention of frightening authoritarian enforcers called the Memory Police, and so many of them go into hiding. The book focuses on a young woman who risks concealing her former editor beneath the floorboards of her home.  Ogawa’s skill in portraying this bleak landscape of profound loss and escalating menace made this novel a National Book Award 2019 finalist for translated literature. 

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