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Memory Theatre

A novel by


"Simon Critchley is a figure of quite startling brilliance."
Jonathan Lethem

From this renowned philosopher comes a debut work of fiction, at once a brilliant precis of the history of philosophy, a semiautobiographical meditation on the absurd relationship between knowledge and memory, and a very funny story

A French philosopher dies during a savage summer heat wave. Boxes carrying his unpublished papers mysteriously appear in Simon Critchley's office. Rooting through them, Critchley discovers a brilliant text on the ancient art of memory and a cache of astrological charts predicting the deaths of various philosophers. Among them is a chart for Critchley himself, laying out in great detail the course of his life and eventual demise. While waiting for his friend's prediction to come through, Critchley receives the missing, final box, which contains a maquette of Giulio Camillo's sixteenth-century Venetian memory theater, a space supposed to contain the sum of all knowledge. With nothing left to hope for, Critchley devotes himself to one final project before his death - the building of a structure to house his collective memories and document the remnants of his entire life.

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Hardback Editions

November 2015 : USA Hardback
thumbTitle: Memory Theater
Author(s): Simon Critchley
ISBN: 1-59051-740-7 / 978-1-59051-740-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Other Press
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Paperback Editions

September 2014 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: Memory Theatre
Author(s): Simon Critchley
ISBN: 0-9929747-1-2 / 978-0-9929747-1-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Fitzcarraldo
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Kindle Editions

November 2015 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
thumbTitle: Memory Theater
Author(s): Simon Critchley
Publisher: Other Press
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September 2014 : Canada, UK Kindle edition
thumbTitle: Memory Theatre
Author(s): Simon Critchley
Publisher: Fitzcarraldo Editions
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