The Memory Monster

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"A brilliant short novel that serves as a brave, sharp-toothed brief against letting the past devour the present" (The New York Times Book Review), Yishai Sarid's The Memory Monster is a harrowing parable of a young historian who becomes consumed by the memory of the Holocaust. Written as a report to the chairman of Yad Vashem, Israel's memorial to the victims of the Holocaust, our unnamed narrator recounts his own undoing. Hired as a promising young historian, he soon becomes a leading expert on Nazi methods of extermination at concentration camps in Poland during World War II and guides tours through the sites for students and visiting dignitaries. He hungrily devours every detail of life and death in the camps and takes pride in being able to recreate for his audience the excruciating last moments of the victims' lives. The job becomes a mission, and then an obsession. Spending so much time immersed in death, his connections with the living begin to deteriorate. He resents the students lost in their iPhones, singing sentimental songs, not expressing sufficient outrage at the genocide committed by the Nazis. In fact, he even begins to detect, in the students as well as himself, a hint of admiration for the murderers--their efficiency, audacity, and determination. Force is the only way to resist force, he comes to think, and one must be prepared to kill. With the perspicuity of Kafka's The Trial and the obsessions of Delillo's White Noise, The Memory Monster confronts difficult questions that are all too relevant to Israel and the world today: How do we process human brutality? What makes us choose sides in conflict? And how do we honor the memory of horror without becoming consumed by it? show more

Book details

EAN

9781632062710

Classifications

Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
War & combat fiction

Format

Hardback

Number of pages

176 pages

Weight(g)

274g

Dimensions(mm)

134 x 189 x 19

Publication date

2020-10-22

Publisher

Restless Books

Readership

General (US: Trade)

Series

Series Editor

Imprint

-

Publication City/Country

United States

Language

English

EAN 9781632062710
Classification Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
War & combat fiction
Format Hardback
Number of pages 176 pages
Weight(g) 274g
Dimensions(mm) 134 x 189 x 19
Publication date 2020-10-22
Publisher Restless Books
Readership General (US: Trade)
Series
Series Editor
Imprint -
Publication City/Country United States
Language: English

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