Memory: A Novel

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Simon and Schuster, Dec 30, 2008 - Fiction - 176 pages
Twenty years after his mother and father jumped to their deaths from a balcony, Philippe Grimbert has written a gripping novel about the hidden memories that dominated their lives.

A colossal bestseller in Europe, Memory is the story of a family haunted by the secret of their past: an illicit love affair, a lost child, and a devastating betrayal dating back to the Second World War.

The day after my fifteenth birthday, I finally learned what I had always known....

Growing up in postwar Paris as the sickly only child of glamorous athletic parents, the narrator invents for himself a make-believe older brother, stronger and more brilliant than he can ever be. It is only when the boy begins talking to an old family friend that he comes to realize that his imaginary sibling had a real predecessor: a half brother whose death in the concentration camps is part of a buried family secret that he was intended never to uncover.

A spare, erotic, and ultimately cathartic narrative, Memory is a mesmerizing tale of coming to terms with one's shameful past through the unraveling of a series of dark desires.
 

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Contents

Section 1
7
Section 2
10
Section 3
11
Section 4
14
Section 5
16
Section 6
25
Section 7
31
Section 8
33
Section 13
61
Section 14
64
Section 15
76
Section 16
92
Section 17
104
Section 18
127
Section 19
135
Section 20
147

Section 9
35
Section 10
48
Section 11
51
Section 12
59
Section 21
153
Section 22
155
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About the author (2008)

Philippe Grimbert is a psychoanalyst. He is the author of several works of nonfiction and a novel, Paul’s Little Dress. He lives in Paris.

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