Memory Man, The
Bruno Lind is on a mission, though he may not know it. Irene Davies knows she is, but isn’t sure it’s the right one. Both of them are haunted by the legacy of a tangled history of love and war.
Propelled by dreams, a chance name overheard in a hotel lobby, and the urgings of his daughter, Lind becomes the detective of his own unexpected life. He retraces those experiences of the Second World War, of refugee camps, and migration, that he has long been unable to communicate. They immerse him in a world where some can’t remember and others can’t forget, and all are tainted by the logic of race.
In this poignant novel, studded with vivid characters and rare humour, Appignanesi returns to the terrain of her acclaimed family memoir, Losing the Dead. Drawing on her intimate knowledge of Central Europe, she has created compelling fiction which is also an exploration of mind and memory.
'It speaks history, and one cannot stop listening' John Berger
'This is a book everyone will read with horror and fascination' Edmund White
'Makes us question how memories are made, and fates formed' Gilian Slovo