Paperback: The Memory Man, by Lisa Appignanesi

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The Independent Culture

First published in 2004, Appignanesi's novel unpicks the mechanics of memory, and in particular, the biochemical makeup of American neuroscientist, Herr Dr Bruno Lind. At a conference in Vienna, Lind suffers a minor fall and finds himself contemplating his European childhood – one interrupted by the Anschluss and the disappearance of his father. Later he travels to Krakow with Irena Davies, a journalist who is losing her mother to Alzheimer's.The implications of memory loss – personal and collective – are deftly fused in a novel about the interplay between science and the soul.