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The Memory Police - Yoko Ogawa

The Memory Police - Yoko Ogawa
The Memory Police - Yoko OgawaThe Memory Police - Yoko OgawaThe Memory Police - Yoko OgawaThe Memory Police - Yoko Ogawa

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Title: The Memory Police

Author:  Yoko Ogawa

ISBN:  9781787301894

Weight:  776g

Limited signed first edition, first printing



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The Memory Police by Yoko Ogawa

A haunting Orwellian novel about the terrors of state surveillance, from the acclaimed author of The Housekeeper and the Professor.

Hat, ribbon, bird, rose.  To the people on the island, a disappeared thing no longer has any meaning.  It can be burned in the garden, thrown in the river or handed over to the Memory Police.  Soon enough, the island forgets it ever existed.

When a young novelist discovers that her editor is in danger of being taken away by the Memory Police, she desperately wants to save him.  For some reason, he doesn’t forget, and it’s becoming increasingly difficult for him to hide his memories.  Who knows what will vanish next?

The Memory Police is a beautiful, haunting and provocative fable about the power of memory and the trauma of loss, from one of Japan’s greatest writers.

Peer & Press Reviews

An allegorical tale about how we are defined and maintained by our memories.  It is easy to fall under the thrall of the exquisite sadness pervading the whole experience.


Ogawa’s anointed translator, Snyder, adroitly captures the quiet control with which Ogawa gently unfurls her ominously surreal and Orwellian narrative.  The Memory Police loom, their brutality multiplies, but Ogawa remarkably ensures that what lingers are the human(e) connections…  As the visceral disappears, somehow the spirit holds on.

Booklist, starred review

The acclaimed Japanese writer’s fifth English release is an elegantly spare dystopian fable…  Reading The Memory Police is like sinking into a snowdrift: lulling yet suspenseful, it tingles with dread and incipient numbness.

New York Times Book Review

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… mesmerizingly direct prose.

Japan Times

Bibliographic Info

TitleThe Memory Police
TranslatorStephen Snyder
Book Features
Edition / printingFirst edition, first printing
Edition background

This true limited edition comes from a small print run of just 100 signed and numbered copies published by Harvill Secker, an imprint of Vintage Publishing.

As with all Harvill Secker books, this one is bound using thicker than normal boards that fully exploit the strength of the square spine.  These two features make for a very robust book that if looked after will last for generations.

The die-cut jacket reveals the centre point of the circular bird pattern printed on the matt-laminated boards (see images).  This pattern is echoed on both the jacket and the slate grey endpapers.

Book numbersVarious of 100 – see Number drop-down
Overall conditionFine / Fine (see our article on Condition Grades)

On the title page, which is also stamped (in red) with Ogawa’s personal seal.

In Japan this seal is known as a ‘Hanko’ or ‘Inkan’ and uses Kanji characters to represent the person’s last name.

Book Stats
PublisherVintage Publishing
ImprintHarvill Secker
Publication date
Printed byClays Ltd, Elcograf S.p.A.
ISBN 139781787301894
ISBN 101787301893
FormatHardcover with dust jacket
Size (h x w x d)224 x 146 x 32mm

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