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Fiction Book Club: "The Memory Police" by Yoko Ogawa, trans. by Stephen Snyder

Join our Fiction Book Club in a monthly meeting to discuss a wide array of literary fiction. With an eclectic mix of authors, themes, periods, and styles, this group will explore both classic and contemporary literature. This year we are dedicating our discussions to literature translated from around the world! For questions about this book club, email Matt at matt@unabridgedbookstore.com.

The Fiction Book Club will meet to discuss The Memory Police by Yoko Ogawa, translated by Stephen Snyder on Wednesday, August 10th, 2021 at 7:30pm.

Finalist for the International Booker Prize and the National Book Award, a haunting Orwellian novel about the terrors of state surveillance...

On an unnamed island, objects are disappearing: first hats, then ribbons, birds, roses. . . . Most of the inhabitants are oblivious to these changes, while those few able to recall the lost objects live in fear of the draconian Memory Police, who are committed to ensuring that what has disappeared remains forgotten. When a young writer discovers that her editor is in danger, she concocts a plan to hide him beneath her f loorboards, and together they cling to her writing as the last way of preserving the past. Powerful and provocative, The Memory Police is a stunning novel about the trauma of loss.

Yoko Ogawa has won every major Japanese literary award. Her fiction has appeared in The New YorkerA Public Space, and Zoetrope: All-Story. Her works include The Diving Pool, a collection of three novellas; The Housekeeper and the ProfessorHotel Iris; and Revenge. She lives in Hyogo.

Stephen Snyder is a Japanese translator and professor of Japanese Studies at Middlebury College. He has translated works by Yoko Ogawa, Kenzaburo Oe, Ryu Murakami, and Miri Yu, among others. His translation of Natsuo Kirino’s Out was a finalist for the Edgar Award for best mystery novel in 2004, and his translation of Yoko Ogawa’s Hotel Iris was short-listed for the Man Asian Literary Prize in 2011.

 
The Memory Police: A Novel By Yoko Ogawa, Stephen Snyder (Translated by) Cover Image
By Yoko Ogawa, Stephen Snyder (Translated by)
$17.00
ISBN: 9781101911815
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Published: Vintage - July 28th, 2020

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Wednesday, August 10, 2022 - 7:30pm

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Unabridged Books, Inc.
Chicago, IL 60657
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