The Vintage Book of Amnesia: An Anthology

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Jonathan Lethem
Vintage Books, 2000 - Fiction - 414 pages
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Jonathan Lethem is perhaps our most active literary voice mining the genre margins of our culture.  In this unique collection he creates an anthology that no one else could.  He draws on the work of such unforgettables as Julio Cortazar, who presents a man caught between the ancient and modern worlds unable to say which is real; Philip K. Dick, who tells the story of a man trapped on a spaceship of the somnolent, unable to sleep and slowly losing his mind; Shirley Jackson, who takes us on a nightmarish trip across town with a young secretary; and Oliver Sacks, who presents us with an aging hippie who possesses no memory of anything that has taken place since the early seventies.

What Lethem has done is nothing less than define a new genre of literature-the amnesia story-and in the process he invites us to sit down, pick up the book, and begin to forget.

Also including: John Franklin Bardin, Donald Barthelme, Thomas M. Disch, Karn Joy Fowler, David Grand, Anna Kavan, Haruki Murakami, Flann O'Brien, Edmund White, and many others.

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User Review  - kgib - LibraryThing

I can't say that I read every single story, but the opening essay by Lethem is pretty interesting. He wanted the book to be about amnesia as a literary device, not just a psychological state. So there ... Read full review

Review: The Vintage Book of Amnesia: An Anthology of Writing on the Subject of Memory Loss

User Review  - Nik Kane - Goodreads

To be honest I don't remember much about this book. Read full review


Julio Cortazar The Night Face Up
Shirley Jackson Nightmare
Lawrence Shainberg Memories of Amnesia

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About the author (2000)

Jonathan Lethem lives in Brooklyn, New York.  Motherless Brooklyn is coming from Vintage in Fall 2000.

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