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Philippe Grimbert is a psychoanalyst. He is the author of several works of nonfiction and a novel, Paul's Little Dress. He lives in Paris.

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'Although an only child, for many years I had a brother.' So begins this spare, remarkable novel, which reads as easily as a children's tale, yet packs a grown-up punch. -- Lisa Appignanesi, The Independent (U.K.)
[Memory] is a spare, haunting, brilliantly poised evocation of the way experiences of war, pain, and shame, even when unspoken, percolate through the family to shape and distort new generations. -- The Independent
A slim little book -- quick, but heavy with terror. [Memory] is marvel of a book, rendered in a fluid and flexible translation from the French by Polly McLean, and its deepest secret of all is that fact and fiction may not be rivals but long-lost brothers. -- Financial Times
A spare, minimally told story, which resonates with historical and personal meaning. -- Jewish Chronicle
A splendid book that gives the unspeakable written form. -- Le Monde
Everything about it -- style, tone, sensibility -- is just as it should be. Everything about it -- its structure, and the path it forges toward literary truth -- commands respect. -- L'Express
His allusive, spare, elliptical prose reproduces the feeling of hidden nightmares, and evokes the uncertainty of reconstructing one's life anew with only partial information -- a process undergone by Philippe within the story, and by the author in writing the book. The result is both a poignant contribution to Holocaust literature and the tragic tale of a couple whose personal history was, as Grimbert puts it, 'intertwined with History with a capital H.' -- Nextbook
Memorable -- Kirkus Reviews
Powerful and gripping -- Publishers Weekly
The comfort we get from the cold raw truths -- death and loss and longing -- is that life itself is capable of small beauties. Grimbert captures this with style, depth and grace. Memory is a stunning book which simultaneously manages to widen our sense of history and story-telling. -- Colum McCann, author of Zoli and Dancer

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