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A History of Forgetting

(1999)
A novel by

 
Malcolm Firth is an aging hairdresser whose partner, Denis, is wasting away from memory loss. Malcolm works at a zany Vancouver hair salon where he trains Alison, a young ingenue from the suburbs, amidst a staff of eccentric urbanoid hair stylists. Their clients include a troop of old people, one of whom is a Holocaust survivor. It is this old woman who provides innocent Alison with her first glimpse into the depredations of the human race. When one of Alison's gay friends is brutally murdered by skinheads, she is soon propelled on a harrowing journey of sorrow and the getting of wisdom. Haunted by the death of her friend, she wanders the rings of a psychological and spiritual inferno, bringing the slowly dissipating Malcolm with her. Her obsession takes them to post-communist Poland where they struggle to reconstitute the past in the killing grounds of Auschwitz. How do we remember our history? Why are the same cruelties repeated through time? These are the urgent questions that underpin this powerful first novel from one of Canada's most emotionally daring young writers. Rich in its emotional ground, beautifully pitched, and written in a refined and assured prose style, A History of Forgetting is a most compelling book.

 
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Hardback Editions

February 2001 : UK Hardback
Title: A History of Forgetting
Author(s): Caroline Adderson
ISBN: 0-7472-7063-5 / 978-0-7472-7063-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Headline Review
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   

Paperback Editions

June 2015 : Canada Paperback
Title: History of Forgetting, A
Author(s): Caroline Adderson
ISBN: 1-77196-021-3 / 978-1-77196-021-2 (Canada edition)
Publisher: Biblioasis
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

1999 : Canada Paperback
Title: History of Forgetting: A Novel
Author(s): Caroline Adderson
ISBN: 1-894433-01-7 / 978-1-894433-01-3 (Canada edition)
Publisher: Key Porter Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

October 2001 : UK Paperback
Title: A History of Forgetting
Author(s): Caroline Adderson
ISBN: 0-7472-6689-1 / 978-0-7472-6689-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Headline Review
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Kindle Editions

July 2015 : Canada Kindle edition
Title: A History of Forgetting
Author(s): Caroline Adderson
Publisher: Biblioasis
Availability: Amazon CA   



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