*** 2019 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST *** *** LONGLISTED FOR THE 2020 INTERNATIONAL BOOKER PRIZE AND THE 2020 TRANSLATED BOOK AWARD *** *** NEW YORK TIMES 100 NOTABLE BOOKS OF THE YEAR *** A haunting 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, objects are disappearing: first hats, then ribbons, birds, roses—until things become much more serious. Most of the island's inhabitants are oblivious to these changes, while those few imbued with the power 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 woman who is struggling to maintain her career as a novelist discovers that her editor is in danger from the Memory Police, she concocts a plan to hide him beneath her floorboards. As fear and loss close in around them, they cling to her writing as the last way of preserving the past. A surreal, provocative fable about the power of memory and the trauma of loss, The Memory Police is a stunning new work from one of the most exciting contemporary authors writing in any language.
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Shortlisted for the 2020 International Booker Prize
A Guardian Best Book of the Year
A Time Magazine Best Book
A Chicago Tribune Best Book of 2019
An Esquire Magazine Best Books of the Year selection
A Dallas Morning News Pick of Best Books of the Year
One of Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2019
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About Yoko Ogawa
Yoko Ogawa is the author of more than twenty works of fiction and nonfiction, including Hotel Iris, The Gift of Numbers, and The Diving Pool. Her work has appeared in the New Yorker, A Public Space, and Zoetrope. She is the recipient of the Shirley Jackson Award and several Japanese literary awards, including the Kyoza Izumi Prize and the Tanizaki Prize.