Online Book Club: The Memory Police by Yoko Ogawa

Online Book Club: Japanese Literature
Online Book Club: Japanese Literature
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This time we pick up this recently translated, much-discussed book. After reading the story, I was filled with sadness, similar to the one I had when I read "Never Let Me Go" by Kazuo Ishiguro.

This book is one of the finalists for the International Booker Prize (2020) and the National Book Award (2019).

From the book description on Amazon:
"A haunting Orwellian novel about the terrors of state surveillance, from the acclaimed author of The Housekeeper and the Professor.

On an unnamed island, objects are disappearing: first hats, then ribbons, birds, roses. . . . Most of the inhabitants are oblivious to these changes, while those few able 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 writer discovers that her editor is in danger, she concocts a plan to hide him beneath her f loorboards, and together they cling to her writing as the last way of preserving the past. Powerful and provocative, The Memory Police is a stunning novel about the trauma of loss."

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Please read the book before the event. We look forward to hearing your impressions and thoughts about the book!

Below is the list of books we are planning to read. Your recommendations are welcome.

In 2021
The Woman in the Dunes by Kobo Abe
The Makioka Sisters by Junichiro Tanizaki
Dance Dance Dance by Haruki Murakami
A Personal Matter by Kenzaburo Oe
Black Rain by Masuji Ibuse