PRAISE: The response to The Memory Police has been overwhelming. The novel received ecstatic reviews from all over (“an unforgettable literary thriller full of atmospheric horror”—The Chicago Tribune; “quietly devastating”—The Washington Post; “masterly”—The New Yorker) and has been named one of the best books of 2019 by The New York Times, The Washington Post, Time, The Dallas Morning News, Financial Times, Esquire, Library Journal, and Kirkus Reviews.
AWARD-WINNING, BESTSELLING AUTHOR: Yoko Ogawa has won the prestigious Tanizaki Prize, along with virtually every other major Japanese literary award, as well as a Shirley Jackson Award. Her novel The Housekeeper and the Professor sold nearly 100,000 copies in the U.S. and more than 2.5 million copies in Japan. In the U.S., her fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, A Public Space, Granta, and Zoetrope:All-Story.
PREVIOUS TITLES: She is the author of more than twenty works of fiction, four of which have been published in English: The Housekeeper and the Professor (“highly original. Infinitely charming. And ever so touching”—Paul Auster), The Diving Pool (“Ogawa’s hallucinatory, oddly barbed stories snag the imagination and linger”—The Washington Post Book World), Hotel Iris (“Ogawa is a writer capable of seducing readers against their will”—NPR), and Revenge (“a book that ought to be distributed to every fiction-MFA candidate who tends to overwrite: Ogawa is an expert in doing more with less”—New York).
TOPICAL SUBJECT: A story about state surveillance, government-sanctioned gaslighting, and anti-intellectualism, themes that are sure to resonate in our current political climate. In the age of “fake news,” this dystopian novel could not be more timely.
FOR FANS OF: 1984, Fahrenheit 451, The Handmaid’s Tale, Never Let Me Go, Ella Minnow Pea, and the novels of Haruki Murakami, Kenzaburō Ōe, and Natsuo Kirino.
“Unforgettable…. A masterful work of speculative fiction.” —Chicago Tribune
“Ogawa’s fable echoes the themes of George Orwell’s 1984, Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451, and Gabriel García Márquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude, but it has a voice and power all its own.” —Time
“A masterpiece…. A novel that makes us see differently…. It is a rare work of patient and courageous vision.” —The Guardian
“A feat of dark imagination…an intimate, suspenseful drama of courage and endurance.” —The Wall Street Journal
“[A] masterly novel.” —The New Yorker
“An elegantly spare dystopian fable…. It tingles with dread.” —The New York Times Book Review
“Quietly devastating…Ogawa finds new ways to express old anxieties about authoritarianism, environmental depredation and humanity’s willingness to be complicit in its own demise.” —The Washington Post
“Timely, provocative reading…A harrowing parable about the importance of memory and the profound danger of cultural amnesia.” —Esquire
“One of my favorite novels of the decade…. It’s a perfect correction to the overwrought politico-apocalyptic fiction so fashionable in These Times…. It clarifies all the things our wired society muddles, especially, and most profoundly, the saving grace of the human touch.” —Hillary Kelly, Vulture
“Profoundly powerful…. It has the timelessness of a fable, yet feels like an urgent warning about the need for resistance in a world that seems all too quick to forget the lessons of the past.” —The A.V. Club
“A searing, vividly imagined novel by a wildly talented writer…Dark and ambitious.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“The novel is particularly resonant now, at a time of rising authoritarianism across the globe. Throughout the book, citizens live under police surveillance. Novels are burned. People are detained and interrogated without explanation.” —The New York Times
“Ogawa lays open a hushed defiance against a totalitarian regime by training her prodigious talent on magnifying the efforts of those who persistently but quietly rebel.” —The Japan Times
“Strange, beautiful and affecting.” —The Sunday Times (London)
“The Memory Police truly feels like a portrait of today. To await the future is to disappear the present—which only accelerates the speed with which now turns to then, and then turns to nothing…A lovely, if bleak, meditation on faith and creativity—or faith in creativity—in a world that disavows both.” —Wired
“Haunting and imaginative.” —Refinery29
“Ogawa crafts a powerful story about the processing of loss and the importance of memories.” —Annabel Gutterman, Time
“Eerily surreal, Ogawa’s novel takes Orwellian tropes of a surveillance state and makes them markedly her own.” —Thrillist
“A taut, claustrophobic thriller.” —Salon
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