The Memory Police

[密やかな結晶 (Hisoyaka na kesshō)]
Year: 
1994
Type: 
Public: 
Publisher: 
Vintage
Year of publication: 
2020
Pages: 
288
Moral assessment: 
Type: Literature
Nothing inappropriate.
Some morally inappropriate content.
Contains significant sections contrary to faith or morals.
Contains some lurid passages, or presents a general ideological framework that could confuse those without much Christian formation.
Contains several lurid passages, or presents an ideological framework that is contrary or foreign to Christian values.
Explicitly contradicts Catholic faith or morals, or is directed against the Church and its institutions.
Quality: 
Recomendable: 
Transmits values: 
Sexual content: 
Violent content: 
Vulgar language: 
Ideas that contradict Church teaching: 
The rating of the different categories comes from the opinion of Delibris' collaborators

Something strange has been happening on an island for some time: everyday things disappear, and so does the memory of those things. For example, the book begins with the disappearance of the birds: one day they are gone, the inhabitants no longer know what they are (they forget), and life goes on. Some citizens maintain memories; but they are soon arrested by the Memory Police, the guarantor of the fact that the forgetfulness is in fact executed. The protagonist of the story is a young novelist who lives alone, and only interacts with her editor and an old man.

A dystopian novel, at times distressing, at times humorous... very well written. It makes the imagination work, and forces you to give each thing the importance it has. It does not have a positive view of parenthood or marital relationships, but neither is it the main theme of the novel, which is more about the lack of freedom.

Author: Javier Barbés, Spain, 2021