Review: MEMORY by Philippe Grimbert

MemoryI recently reviewed Memory by Philippe Grimbert on Diary of an Eccentric.  Here’s an excerpt:

Memory is dubbed a novel, but as the narrator shares the same name as the author and ultimately the same profession — a psychoanalyst — it is uncertain how much truth there is to the story. The narrator was born after World War II to French Jews who survived the Nazi Occupation by fleeing to a rural area outside the demarcation line and changed their name from Grinberg to Grimbert to disguise their Jewish roots. He knows he has an older brother who is dead but never mentioned, and he invents an imaginary brother to take his place. As a teenager, he learns that his parents have been hiding the truth about their past, and this is where the Holocaust story comes in to play. Because he is told his parents’ story by a neighbor and close friend and cannot approach his parents about what he’s learned, he doesn’t know what his parents were doing, thinking, and feeling during the war. So he fills in the gaps, and the memory he invents ultimately becomes his truth.

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1 Comment

  1. I recently came across your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I don’t know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.


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