Literature of Memory

November 17, 2013
(was 12.11.2011)

Julian Barnes is one of England’s most celebrated novelists.  He’s fascinated by the ways our minds play tricks with memory, especially as we age.  It’s the subject of his Booker Prize winning novel “The Sense of an Ending” – one of several new books that explore the minefield of memory.  We talk about the literature of memory with four acclaimed writers.

  1. Julian Barnes on "The Sense of an Ending"

    Julian Barnes' novel "The Sense of an Ending" won the 2011 Man Booker Prize.  Barnes talks with Steve Paulson about the complications of memory, aging and moral reckoning.

    Average: 4.9 (12 votes)
  2. Anna Rabinowitz on "Darkling"

    Poet Anna Rabinowitz found a shoe box full of old letters and photos of family and friends killed in the Holocaust.  She wrote the poem "Darkling" to feature their voices.   We also hear excerpts from the opera "Darkling."

    Average: 5 (9 votes)
  3. Andre Aciman on "Alibis"

    Essayist Andre Aciman is fascinated by memory , though he says what we remember is rarely straightforward.  He talks with Steve Paulson about memory and writing.

    Average: 4.8 (9 votes)
  4. Michael Ondaatje on "The Cat's Table"

    As a child, Michael Ondaatje took a long ocean voyage from Sri Lanka to England.  This is the seed of his novel "The Cat's Table."  He talks with Jim Fleming about the fine line between fiction and memoir.

    Average: 4.8 (5 votes)