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The Memory Police

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Paperback Published on: 06/08/2020
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The Memory Police
Thought provoking dystopia
Wonderfully strange and unusual. Left me with more questions than answers but not in a bad way. The mechanics of the universe are less important than the i... READ MORE
Paul at Brentwood
The Memory Police
A modern classic
I finished this book in one sitting, which is rare for me. It was one of those stories that seemed to resonate very deeply with me on multiple levels. The ... READ MORE
Lewis from Silverburn
The Memory Police
An elegant unravelling of the soul
An intriguing, hauntingly written piece of dystopian Japanese literature, the story of a young woman living on a nameless island, where objects ‘disappear’... READ MORE
Beth at Chesterfield
The Memory Police
if you read any book this year... make it this one
The memory police is a dystopian novel reflecting upon the importance of memory, humanity and connection. discussing the cost of losing vital parts of our ... READ MORE
Léa at Brighton
The Memory Police
A FAVOURITE of the year!
Am I obsessed with this book? Absolutely. The memory police is a dystopian novel reflecting upon the importance of memory, humanity and connection. Discus... READ MORE
Léa at Brighton
The Memory Police
A beautiful dystopian masterpiece…
Obsessed tells of a world where the state decides what words exist. As the words start to disappear the objects they were once attached to loose all meanin... READ MORE
Roland - Eastbourne

Synopsis

Shortlisted for the International Booker Prize 2020 An enthralling Orwellian novel about the terrors of state surveillance from one of Japan's greatest writers. Hat, ribbon, bird rose. 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?

  • Publisher: Vintage Publishing
  • ISBN: 9781784700447
  • Number of pages: 288
  • Weight: 200g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 132 x 28 mm

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The Memory Police
Recommended
The Memory Police is a novel by Yoko Ogawa which was actually published in its original language (Japanese) in 1994 and was only recently translated into E... READ MORE
Lalla Lovaro
The Memory Police
Darkly mysterious
I previously loved reading a collection of Yoko Ogawa's short stories, Revenge, so enthusiastically grabbed my copy of The Memory Police when it appeared o... READ MORE
Stephanie Jane
The Memory Police
an affecting dystopia
This book works on a number of levels. A lot of other reviews pick up on the dystopian elements, and the authoritarianism of the Memory Police themselves, ... READ MORE
The Dynamite Kid
The Memory Police
A book that stays with you
A riveting tale of oppression that despite being written in 1994 still feels fresh and important some years later. Ogawa is a stunning writer and this nove... READ MORE
Cate Crafter
The Memory Police
A gripping piece of dystopian fiction!
A deeply haunting and emotional novel exploring the horrors of forgetting. The Memory Police is a slow burn that begins as a gripping dystopian social comm... READ MORE
Scott Stevens
The Memory Police
great read
Can you imagine if everything we have around that we enjoy starts to disappear? And we start to forget what was it and how it felt like?⁣ ⁣ I enjoyed this ... READ MORE
june.reads
The Memory Police
A terrific and beguiling story
'The Memory Police' is a highly affecting novel following a novelist on an unnamed island in the thrawl of a totalitarian regime that continually 'disappea... READ MORE
Phil Clement
The Memory Police
A gentle allegorical tale set in a dystopian society
My thanks to Random House U.K. Vintage Publishing for an eARC via NetGalley of ‘The Memory Police’ by Yoko Ogawa, in exchange for an honest review. It has ... READ MORE
Vivienne O'Regan
The Memory Police
The Memory Police
A beautifully written dystopian novel that, whilst I wish it was longer as I enjoyed it so much, was flawless.
Nicola  Evans-Reid