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Memory Wall

(2010)
A collection of stories by

 
 
From an award-winning and extraordinarily eloquent author whose "prose dazzles" (The New York Times Book Review) comes a second stunning collection.

Set on four continents, Anthony Doerr's new stories are about memory, the source of meaning and coherence in our lives, the fragile thread that connects us to ourselves and to others. Every hour, says Doerr, all over the globe, an infinite number of memories disappear. Yet at the same time children, surveying territory that is entirely new to them, push back the darkness, form fresh memories, and remake the world.

In the luminous and beautiful title story, a young boy in South Africa comes to possess an old woman's secret, a piece of the past with the power to redeem a life. In "The River Nemunas," a teenage orphan moves from Kansas to Lithuania to live with her grandfather, and discovers a world in which myth becomes real. "Village 113," winner of an O'Henry Prize, is about the building of the Three Gorges Dam and the seed keeper who guards the history of a village soon to be submerged. And in "Afterworld," the radiant, cathartic final story, a woman who escaped the Holocaust is haunted by visions of her childhood friends in Germany, yet finds solace in the tender ministrations of her grandson.

Every story in Memory Wall is a reminder of the grandeur of life--of the mysterious beauty of seeds, of fossils, of sturgeon, of clouds, of radios, of leaves, of the breathtaking fortune of living in this universe. Doerr's language, his witness, his imagination, and his humanity are unparalleled in fiction today.

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"Doerr has set a new standard for what a story can do." - Dave Eggers


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Hardback Editions

January 2011 : UK Hardback
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Title: Memory Wall
Author(s): Anthony Doerr
ISBN: 0-00-736771-6 / 978-0-00-736771-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Fourth Estate
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   


July 2010 : USA Hardback
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Title: Memory Wall: Stories
Author(s): Anthony Doerr
ISBN: 1-4391-8280-9 / 978-1-4391-8280-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Scribner
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Paperback Editions

January 2012 : UK Paperback
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Title: Memory Wall
Author(s): Anthony Doerr
ISBN: 0-00-736772-4 / 978-0-00-736772-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Fourth Estate
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


July 2011 : USA Paperback
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Title: Memory Wall: Stories
Author(s): Anthony Doerr
ISBN: 1-4391-8284-1 / 978-1-4391-8284-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Scribner
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Audio Editions

July 2011 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Memory Wall: Stories
Author(s): Anthony Doerr
Publisher: Recorded Books
Availability: Amazon   


Kindle Editions

January 2011 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: Memory Wall
Author(s): Anthony Doerr
Publisher: Fourth Estate
Availability: Amazon UK   


June 2010 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Memory Wall: Stories
Author(s): Anthony Doerr
Publisher: Scribner
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA