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The Erratic Nature of Memory

By September 5, 2021Program

Friday September 10



Memory is a tricky subject. Science tells us that every time we evoke a memory, we change it a little, create a new one, and it becomes a memory of a memory, rather than an event. The truth is difficult to find. It exists in the memory of those involved, or in the history books of those who get to write them. But what is an author’s responsibility when their memories become works outside of them?

Halla Þórlaug Óskarsdóttir broke through with her book of poetry, The Quiet Game, a first-person narrative of a woman who tries to get a grip on memories of loss, fear and silence. Nadja Spiegelman is the author of the book I’m supposed to protect you from all this, which deals with memories and maternal relationships. In her book, In the Country of Others, Leila Slimani discusses family memories that are passed between generations. Moderated by Gunnþórunn Guðmundsdóttir.