The Memory Police

by Yōko Ogawa
Release date: January 2019
Original title: 密やかな結晶
Type: speculative fiction
Genres: science fictiondystopia, mainstream
Tags: translation

The original novel was published in 1994.

On an unnamed island off an unnamed coast, objects are disappearing: first hats, then ribbons, birds, roses - until things become much more serious. Most of the island's inhabitants are oblivious to these changes, while those few imbued with no power 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 woman who is struggling to maintain her career as a novelist discovers that her editor is in danger from the Memory Police, she concocts a plan to hide him beneath the floorboards. As fear and loss close in around them, they cling to her wiring as the last way of preserving the past.

(updated 2019-09-21)

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