The Memory Monster (Hardback)

Yishai Sarid

A controversial masterpiece, grappling with how generations born after the Holocaust can preserve memory without it becoming a commodity

'A brilliant short novel that serves as a brave, sharp-toothed brief against letting the past devour the present' The New York Times

'Excels in its readiness to court controversy without surrendering nuance, and in place of moralising it offers questioning that's as necessary as it is unsettling.' Observer

Written as a report to the chairman of Yad Vashem, Israel's memorial to the victims of the Holocaust, the unnamed narrator of The Memory Monster recounts his own undoing. Hired as a promising young historian, he soon becomes a leading expert on Nazi methods of extermination, guiding tours through the death camps. The job becomes a mission, and then a dangerous obsession.

With great perspicuity and the bitterest black humour, The Memory Monster confronts difficult questions that are all too relevant to Israel and the world today: How do we process human brutality? What makes us choose sides in conflict? And how do we honour the suffering of our forebears without becoming consumed by it?

Publication date: 27/01/2022

£12.99

ISBN: 9781788169110

Imprint: Serpent's Tail

Subject: Fiction, World Literature

Translator: Yardenne Greenspan

The Memory Monster (Ebook)

Yishai Sarid

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A controversial masterpiece, grappling with how generations born after the Holocaust can preserve memory without it becoming a commodity

'A brilliant short novel that serves as a brave, sharp-toothed brief against letting the past devour the present' The New York Times

'Excels in its readiness to court controversy without surrendering nuance, and in place of moralising it offers questioning that's as necessary as it is unsettling.' Observer

Written as a report to the chairman of Yad Vashem, Israel's memorial to the victims of the Holocaust, the unnamed narrator of The Memory Monster recounts his own undoing. Hired as a promising young historian, he soon becomes a leading expert on Nazi methods of extermination, guiding tours through the death camps. The job becomes a mission, and then a dangerous obsession.

With great perspicuity and the bitterest black humour, The Memory Monster confronts difficult questions that are all too relevant to Israel and the world today: How do we process human brutality? What makes us choose sides in conflict? And how do we honour the suffering of our forebears without becoming consumed by it?

Publication date: 27/01/2022

£9.99

ISBN: 9781782839057

Imprint: Serpent's Tail

Subject: Fiction, World Literature

Translator: Yardenne Greenspan

Yishai Sarid

Yishai Sarid

Yishai SaridYishai Sarid was born and raised in Tel Aviv, Israel, in 1965. He served as an intelligence officer for the Israeli Defense Force before going on to study law at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Nowadays, Yishai Sarid is an active lawyer and arbitrator in Tel Aviv. Alongside his legal career, he has written six novels, which have been translated into ten languages and have won literary prizes including the Bernstein Prize and Grand Prix de Littérature Policière.