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The Memory Police Paperback – 20 August 2019

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The Memory Police is a masterpiece: a deep pool that can be experienced as fable or allegory, warning and illumination. It is a novel that makes us see differently, opening up its ideas in inconspicuous ways, knowing that all moments of understanding and grace are fleeting. It is political and human, it makes no promises. It is a rare work of patient and courageous vision -- Madeleine Thien, Guardian

It's an age since I read a book as strange, beautiful and affecting… this haunting work reaches beyond…to examine what it is to be human… a remarkable writer, Sunday Times

Masterly...Like Colson Whitehead’s Underground Railroad and Mohsin Hamid’s Exit West, Yoko Ogawa’s novel transforms a familiar metaphor into imaginative truth. -- Jia Tolentino, The New Yorker

In a feat of dark imagination, Yoko Ogawa stages an intimate, suspenseful drama of courage and endurance while conjuring up a world that is at once recognizable and profoundly strange, Wall Street Journal

Explores questions of power, trauma and state surveillance...particularly resonant now, at a time of rising authoritarianism across the globe., New York Times, pick of the month

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A compelling and surreal, Orwellian mystery by one of Japan's greatest writers.

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