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The Memory Police av Yoko Ogawa
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The Memory Police (urspr publ 1994; utgåvan 2020)

av Yoko Ogawa (Författare)

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"A deft and dark 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, 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. Part allegory, part literary thriller, The Memory Police is a stunning new work from one of the most exciting contemporary authors writing in any language"--… (mer)
Medlem:brokenwindows
Titel:The Memory Police
Författare:Yoko Ogawa (Författare)
Info:Vintage (2020), Edition: 01, 288 pages
Samlingar:Ditt bibliotek
Betyg:**1/2
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The Memory Police av Yoko Ogawa (1994)

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“My memories don’t feel as though they’ve been pulled up by the root. Even if they fade, something remains. Like tiny seeds that might germinate again if the rain falls. And even if a memory disappears completely, the heart retains something. A slight tremor or pain, some bit of joy, a tear.”

A dystopian novel that takes place on a mysterious island where particular objects such as roses, perfume, chocolate bar, and music boxes disappear. A military force called The Memory Police then appears to ensure the newly forgotten thing is truly eradicated. Not only do these objects vanish overnight but also people's memories of them.

It reminds me of a Japanese idea called "Mono no aware" or pathos of things, an appreciation of the ephemeral nature of all things. It is the awareness that everything in existence is temporary, how things are fleeting and transient, and that is where the beauty lies. The feeling pervades the book as one object to another is missing, followed by its reminiscence.

However, the book doesn't delve into how or why the objects' eradication is happening on the island. It focuses more on the impact of totalitarian government on ordinary people's lives and how they cope with it. It reflects the experience in a totalitarian regime in which people won't get a chance to ask why such policy occurs, even though it seems destructive or harmful to society. I really admire Ogawa's atmospheric writing and parallels in this book. It also defies the generalization of the genre in contemporary literature. ( )
  bellacrl | Jan 19, 2021 |
3.5 stars - This book is hard for me to rate. It has such an unusual and unique premise, but the characters are always held at arm's length from the reader. None of them have names except the dog, and this is just one factor that made me feel I couldn't relate to any of them. Yes, the story is odd but I liked that. However some part of me needs to care about characters and that key element was missing. So many reviews have raved over this book and I agree that the originality is fantastic but the book as a whole did not work as well as I wanted it to. I gave the premise 4 stars and the execution 3 stars for a combined 3.5 overall. ( )
  boldforbs | Jan 15, 2021 |
The Short of It:

Ethereal and beautiful, tinged with sadness.

The Rest of It:

On a remote island, random objects begin to disappear. Birds, roses, ribbons, etc. The inhabitants wake to a feeling of change yet can’t put their finger on what has changed until they interact with others on the island. The strange thing is that the feeling that the disappearance causes precedes the actual disappearance which is followed through to completion by the inhabitants themselves. So when roses disappear, the inhabitants gather up all the roses to destroy them and send them down a river.

The disappearances are enforced by the Memory Police. How they know when someone is holding out is not explained but if someone tries to preserve something that has disappeared, they are taken away. Eventually, when all traces are removed, most of the inhabitants can no longer recall the item at all. All memory of the item has disappeared as well. But there are some who never forget. The memories of these items remain in them, and for some, they’ve even been able to preserve the actual item, such as a piece of candy. As living becomes more difficult and the situation more dire, you can’t help but compare what is going on with Orwell’s 1984.

The three main characters are for the most part, unnamed. Our protagonist, a young woman, lost both her parents and lives a solitary life. She is a writer and befriended by her editor, only known as “R” and a kind old man who knew her mother. The three navigate these disappearances as best they can but “R” happens to be one of the people who can remember and so he must go into hiding with their help. What will disappear next?

This story is beautifully written. I found myself rereading many passages as I went along. The author’s skill at evoking a particular memory is especially wonderful. I found myself mourning all the things we have lost during this pandemic. The smell of a wonderful meal, served to me in a bustling restaurant filled with laughter and happy people. Or I found myself missing movie theatres and that anticipation you feel when the previews roll or the smell of hot buttered popcorn while sitting back to enjoy a really good film. The story made me feel all kinds of things. Yes, it made me a little sad but also hopeful because I am fairly certain that the tangible things we’ve lost during this pandemic are only temporary losses, not like the ones in the story.

The author’s inspiration was Anne Frank’s The Diary of a Young Girl. This makes sense when you consider the hiding that must take place to keep these people safe. The Memory Police is a wonderful read. I have found a new favorite author in Ogawa and can’t wait to read another book by her.

For more reviews, visit my blog: Book Chatter. ( )
  tibobi | Jan 15, 2021 |
On the island things disappear. Perfume, birds, ribbons, roses ... But once things have disappeared then the island’s inhabitants start to forget them ...

“The island is stirred up after a disappearance. People gather in little groups out in the street to talk about their memories of the thing that’s been lost. There are regrets and a certain sadness, and we try to comfort one another. If it’s a physical object that has been disappeared, we gather the remnants up to burn, or bury, or toss into the river. But no one makes much of a fuss, and it’s over in a few days. Soon enough, things are back to normal, as though nothing has happened, and no one can even recall what it was that disappeared.”

But not everyone forgets. The narrator’s mother is one of those people that remembers... that is until she is taken away by the Memory Police, who police the disappearances. And as the years go by the power of the Memory Police increases, and the life of the island becomes more and more impoverished.

While The Memory Police is short-listed for the 2020 International Booker Prize, it was actually written in 1994. It’s not an easy novel to understand and is open to many different interpretations. But very thought provoking throughout. ( )
  SandDune | Dec 13, 2020 |
Slowly the government eliminates everything and the memories fail until life ceases to exist. Sad, clever piece of fiction. ( )
  ghefferon | Dec 1, 2020 |
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"A deft and dark 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, 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. Part allegory, part literary thriller, The Memory Police is a stunning new work from one of the most exciting contemporary authors writing in any language"--

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