IBNA- The science fiction dystopian Japanese novel ‘The Memory Police’ by Yōko Ogawa which is deeply influenced by the great works of this genre including ‘1984’ and ‘Fahrenheit 451’ has been published in Persian.
‘The Memory Police’ has been translated into Persian by Iranian university instructor Kayhan Bahmani and released by Amut Publishing. An English translation by Stephen Snyder was published by Pantheon Books and Harvill Secker in 2019 when Time Magazine named the novel one of the best books of the year.
It’s a haunting Orwellian novel about the terrors of state surveillance: On an unnamed island off an unnamed coast, objects are disappearing: first hats, then ribbons, birds, roses—until things become much more serious. Most of the island's inhabitants are oblivious to these changes, while those few imbued with the power to recall the lost objects live in fear of the draconian Memory Police, who are committed to ensuring that what has disappeared remains forgotten.
When a young woman who is struggling to maintain her career as a novelist discovers that her editor is in danger from the Memory Police, she concocts a plan to hide him beneath her floorboards. As fear and loss close in around them, they cling to her writing as the last way of preserving the past.
A surreal, provocative fable about the power of memory and the trauma of loss, Yōko Ogawa’s novel is a stunning new work from one of the most exciting contemporary authors writing in any language.
‘The Memory Police’ in Persian has been published in 344 pages.