Memory Theater

Memory Theater

Book - 2014
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"A French philosopher dies during a savage summer heat wave. Boxes carrying his unpublished papers mysteriously appear in Simon Critchley's office. Rooting through them, Critchley discovers a brilliant text on the ancient art of memory and a cache of astrological charts predicting the deaths of various philosophers. Among them is a chart for Critchley himself, laying out in great detail the course of his life and eventual demise. While waiting for his friend's prediction to come through, Critchley receives the missing, final box, which contains a maquette of Giulio Camillo's sixteenth-century Venetian memory theater, a space supposed to contain the sum of all knowledge"--Dust jacket flap.
Publisher: New York : Other Press, 2014.
ISBN: 9781590517406
Characteristics: 101 pages ; 20 cm


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Feb 11, 2018

This is a rather weird but highly enjoyable novella. When read thoughtfully, it loops back on itself in numerous and subtle ways; recognizing these loops and reflecting upon them is what gives all of the pleasure.

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