The Vintage Book of Amnesia: An Anthology of Writing on the Subject of Memory Loss

The Vintage Book of Amnesia: An Anthology of Writing on the Subject of Memory Loss

by Jonathan Lethem
     
 

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Jonathan Lethem is perhaps our most active literary voice mining the genre margins of our culture.  In this unique collection he creates an anthology that no one else could.  He draws on the work of such unforgettables as Julio Cortazar, who presents a man caught between the ancient and modern worlds unable to say which is real; Philip K. Dick,

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Jonathan Lethem is perhaps our most active literary voice mining the genre margins of our culture.  In this unique collection he creates an anthology that no one else could.  He draws on the work of such unforgettables as Julio Cortazar, who presents a man caught between the ancient and modern worlds unable to say which is real; Philip K. Dick, who tells the story of a man trapped on a spaceship of the somnolent, unable to sleep and slowly losing his mind; Shirley Jackson, who takes us on a nightmarish trip across town with a young secretary; and Oliver Sacks, who presents us with an aging hippie who possesses no memory of anything that has taken place since the early seventies.

What Lethem has done is nothing less than define a new genre of literature-the amnesia story-and in the process he invites us to sit down, pick up the book, and begin to forget.

Also including: John Franklin Bardin, Donald Barthelme, Thomas M. Disch, Karn Joy Fowler, David Grand, Anna Kavan, Haruki Murakami, Flann O'Brien, Edmund White, and many others.

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Valberg
Prepare to feel confused and disoriented through this romp through the woozy realm of forgetfulness...Here's a book you won't soon forget.
Entertainment Weekly
Kirkus Reviews
In a literary motherlode, Lethem redefines the classic amnesia story, once little more than getting a bump on the head—but not in the hands of these masters. These masters? Umm? Vladimir who??? Nabokov! Yes, of course. He wrote—he wrote—let's look it up. "That in Aleppo Once . . .," a title taken from Haml . . . uh, Othello. Perhaps we'd best just quote from Lethem's leadin where he compares modern authors handling amnesia to earlier talespinners: ". . . try imagining Emily Brontë [and Heathcliff on a bad day] if she'd scrutinized her characters with the neurological vocabulary available to writers like Philip K. Dick, Lawrence Shainberg, and Dennis Potter"—all included here. What's important to know is that amnesia is fiction: the amnesiac finds himself leading a fictional life! Remember that. Now hear this drumroll: Martin Amis, Shirley Jackson, Walker Percy, Jorge Luis Borges, Cornell Woolrich, Flann O'Brien, Edmund White, Oliver Sacks, Haruki Murakami, Anna Kavan, Thomas M. Disch, Donald Barthelme, Russel Hoban—and that's only half of them!

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780375706615
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/28/2000
Pages:
432
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.99(h) x 0.87(d)

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