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Alastair Bruce Chooses His Top 10 Books About Forgetting for The Guardian

Wall of DaysBoy on the WireAlastair Bruce recently wrote a piece for The Guardian on the top 10 books about forgetting.

Bruce, who was born in Port Elizabeth and now lives in Buckinghamshire in the UK, is the author of the critically acclaimed novel Wall of Days. His latest book is Boy on the Wire, an “elegy to our fragile memory and the lives entangled in it”, set in South Africa and London.

Bruce’s selection includes The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro, Before I Go to Sleep by SJ Watson, Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett, The Childhood of Jesus by JM Coetzee and The Sea by John Banville.

“The irony of books about forgetting,” Bruce writes, “is that they are often about remembering.”

Read the piece:

In my second novel, Boy on the Wire, loss and recovery of memory plays a key role in the lives of two brothers who are the survivors after their third brother died in a childhood fall. The oldest, Peter, fell at the same time as his younger brother and awoke with no memory of the event; years later it starts to return. The youngest brother, John, who witnessed the fall, found his own memory of the event so traumatic that for years he has repressed and changed it. Only in encountering his brother’s new and tentative memories do his own begin to resurface 30 years on.

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