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The Memory chalet

Author: Tony Judt
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Penguin Books, 2011, ©2010.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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A series of short essays that had a breathtaking reception when they appeared, a few at a time, in the New York Review of Books. The pieces were remarkable both for their content and their method of composition: isolated at night in the prison of his paralysis, Judt would sort through his memories, arranging them, to better remember them, in the "rooms" of a Swiss chalet he recalled from an idyllic childhood visit,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Tony Judt; Tony Judt
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Tony Judt
ISBN: 9780143119975 0143119974
OCLC Number: 706024241
Description: xiv, 226 pages ; 20 cm
Responsibility: Tony Judt.

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A series of short essays that had a breathtaking reception when they appeared, a few at a time, in the New York Review of Books. The pieces were remarkable both for their content and their method of composition: isolated at night in the prison of his paralysis, Judt would sort through his memories, arranging them, to better remember them, in the "rooms" of a Swiss chalet he recalled from an idyllic childhood visit, before dictating them in the morning to be published. The essays are at times political but always personal, calling up memories of food, youth, sex, education, train travel, and other subjects with a clarity and intensity born of both his historian's skills of observation and judgment and the heightened awareness of time's passage imposed by his undeniable mortality. Collected now in The Memory Chalet, these reflections make up a memoir that evokes, with clear-eyed passion, the life of the mind, as well as the body. --Tom Nissley.

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