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The memory police / Yoko Ogawa ; translated from the Japanese by Stephen Snyder.

Ogawa, Yōko, 1962- (author.). Snyder, Stephen, 1957- (translator.).


"On an unnamed island off an unnamed coast, things are disappearing. First, animals and flowers. Then objects--ribbons, bells, photographs. Then, body parts. Most of the island's inhabitants fail to notice these changes, while those few imbued with the power to recall the lost objects live in fear of the mysterious 'memory police,' who are committed to ensuring that the disappeared remain forgotten. When a young novelist realizes that more than her career is in danger, she hides her editor beneath her floorboards, and together, as fear and loss close in around them, they cling to literature as the last way of preserving the past"-- Provided by publisher.

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781101870600
  • ISBN: 1101870605
  • Physical Description: 274 pages ; 22 cm
  • Edition: First American edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, [2019]

Content descriptions

General Note:
"Originally published in Japan as Hisoyaka na kesshō by Kodansha, Tokyo, 1994."
Subject: Loss (Psychology) > Fiction.
Memory > Fiction.
Novelists > Fiction.
Loss (Psychology)
FICTION / Literary.
FICTION / Science Fiction / General.
FICTION / Dystopian.
Genre: Novels.
Dystopian fiction.
Dystopian fiction.

Available copies

  • 2 of 3 copies available at Skagit Evergreen Libraries. (Show)
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  • 0 of 1 copy available at Burlington Public Library.


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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Burlington Public Library F OGAWA 39851001523175 Adult Fiction Copy hold Checked out 07/31/2024

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