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Memento mori

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A man named Earl has anterograde amnesia. Because of his inability to remember things for more than a few minutes, he uses notes and tattoos to keep track of new information.
ebook, Short story, 12 pages
Published June 28th 2001 by Esquire (first published 2001)
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Nilesh Kashyap
Oct 31, 2012 Nilesh Kashyap rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Martha, something that you can finally finish
Recommended to Nilesh by: Christopher Nolan
Shelves: short-story
You're fucked up as shit. But that is not the tragedy of your life. The worst joke that life has played on you is that you don't even remember that your life is a fucking wreck. You need a bell tied around your neck to keep you reminding everytime that, someone fucked you real bad. And now you can't do a thing about it, because in a few minutes time you'll be wiped clean as a new slate, thinking where are you and biggest question what you got to do next!
"A corpse. A vegetable who probably would
Memento Mori - remember your mortality.

The key topic of this short story - only twelve pages in fact - focuses around mortality. Because the main character is afflicted with a condition which causes random memory loss. Thus every action he performs could be forgotten from the funeral of his wife, to what he was doing in the hospital.

What Jonathan Nolan (yes the writer brother of Christopher Nolan who created the film Memento and so many other great clever films) conveys poignantly through a few
Feb 25, 2015 Sharad rated it really liked it
My first audiobook...amazing flow. Narrated by the Author himself.

Although I would say I was distracted while listening to it and will have to listen to it again. But its not going to be a problem because its a short story with a narration of just half an hour.

If anybody else wants to listen, the link is below:
Travelling Sunny
Nov 02, 2012 Travelling Sunny rated it it was amazing
You've stumbled across this short story and think it sounds familiar.

Read it now.

Before you forget about it.

Read it now.

Before it's gone from your mind forever.

Read it now.
Cassie  R. (cassie-loves-reading)
What on earth? We're doing an analysis of this short story and the movie counterpart in class today and I have a feeling it's gonna be a tough one.
Dec 09, 2015 Mohammad rated it really liked it
داستان فراموش نکن که خواهی مرد.فیلم یادآوری بر اساس این داستان ساخته شده.ایده مرکزی فیلم و داستان یکی هست ولی هر کدام راه خودشونو رفتن.قسمت های فرد داستان از زبان دوم شخص و قسمت های زوج توسط دانای کل روایت شده.با اینکه فیلم فوقالعاده هست اما اگر قرار باشه بین فیلم و داستان یکی رو انتخاب کنم بدون شک داستان رو انتخاب میکنم.به دلیل ویژگی شاخصی که داستان داره و اون اینه که قسمت های دوم شخص داستان در واقع از زبانِ ناخودآگاهِ قهرمانِ داستان هست که اونو به انتقام و یادآوری تحریک میکنه

و یک یادآوری دیگر
May 30, 2016 Kelly rated it it was amazing
That was wild.
Apr 23, 2011 Minerva rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: fans of the movie
Shelves: fiction, ebook
The movie is better. This short story/novella/what-have-you suffers from the attempt of its author to make it very dark, edgy, nihilistic and cynical. It is oversimplistic and lacks the many plot layers of the film, as well as any mystery or driving question for the reader to follow. On the whole, this is only worth reading as a curiosity if you liked the film.
Oct 28, 2012 Cheryl rated it really liked it
Recommended to Cheryl by: Nilesh Kashyap
The short story that gave birth to the terrific movie Memento, made by the author's brother Christopher Nolan.
Literary Ames {Against GR Censorship}
Memento Mori is the free short story that inspired Nolan's brother, Christopher Nolan (Inception, Interstellar) to make mind-bending film Memento starring Guy Pearce.

Earl is a permanent patient at a hospital since he was injured in the attack which saw Earl's wife raped and killed. His injury has caused permanent brain damage meaning he's unable to convert short-term into long-term memories. Earl remembers everything before the damage, but nothing after, so his memory is only ten minutes lon
Andreea Obreja
Would make a good (maybe great) action movie. Although I have the feeling I've already seen it/something like it.

I like the ideas too. Liking them doesn't mean believing them, though.

"But you’re not the man you used to be. Not even half. You’re a fraction; you’re the tenminute man."

"So how can you forgive if you can’t remember to forget?"

"You can’t have a normal life anymore. You must know that. How can you have a girlfriend if you can’t remember her name? Can’t have kids, not unless you want
Oct 06, 2014 Michael rated it really liked it
Shelves: short-story
To some extent, I imagined this as a prequel to Memento the movie. Having seen the movie, I can see the problem other reviewers have that the movie stood out as much better. Certainly the movie had more emotional impact because you met so many other people and saw the effect the main character had on them, especially the effects that he was not aware of. But the central concept is so mind-blowing, and the ramifications so chaotic and unpredictable, I can't really say the movie was *that* much be ...more
Mar 18, 2016 Lau rated it really liked it
Para quienes vimos (y nos costó entender) la película Memento, este cuento resulta más que interesante. Está escrito por Jonathan Nolan, el hermano del famoso director de cine Christopher Nolan, y fue este cuento el que originó la extrañísima película.

Son 11 pequeños capítulos donde se intercalan la historia actual de Earl que despierta en un hospital sin recordar nada, y una narración tipo monólogo de un hombre hablándole a Earl en un tono sarcástico y bastante malintencionado.
A esta voz en off
Mar 19, 2012 Paula rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of Christopher Nolan films
Remember your mortality. Remember you will die. That you must die. Memento Mori.

The fervent tone of Memento Mori rushes both the reader and narrator through each moment in time. We feel a sense of bewilderment alongside the narrator every time he wakes up and transports to a new scene. There is a persistent underlying haste to move through each moment and accomplish something before it is forgotten, before it is gone. For good that is, because it can never be brought back, not even by memory. "T
Dec 29, 2015 Regsly rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Regsly by: Cppineapple
Shelves: short-stories
I love the concept, the writing, and the thoughts about life and time.
Vanya Grivova
the movie is better
Shahin Ghaeminejad
Nov 26, 2015 Shahin Ghaeminejad rated it liked it
.به هرحال در دنیای پست مدرن داشتن «هارد» قوی تر مهمتر از داشتن «سی پی یو»ی قوی است

قهرمان داستان مشکل هارد دارد و نویسنده مشکل سی پی یو

May 22, 2015 Isabelle rated it it was amazing
Damn. This was good. Especially since I haven't seen the film.
Casara Clark
Jul 21, 2014 Casara Clark rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
The short story version of Memento is mind blowing, genius and just plain AMAZING. The main reason is that it actually speaks a truth that is true for everyone -- even without antigrade amnesia, there is a truth to be found here.

This is the tragedy of life. Because for a few minutes of every day, every man becomes a genius. Moments of clarity, insight, whatever you want to call them. The clouds part, the planets get in a neat little line, and everything becomes obvious. I should quit smoking, ma
Aug 08, 2015 Ruth rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite, 2015
"Everybody is waiting for the end to come, but what if it already passed us by? What if the final joke of Judgment Day was that it had already come and gone and we were none the wiser? Apocalypse arrives quietly; the chosen are herded off to heaven, and the rest of us, the ones who failed the test, just keep on going, oblivious. Dead already, wandering around long after the gods have stopped keeping score, still optimistic about the future.

I guess if that's true, then it doesn't matter what you
Lars K Jensen
Apr 18, 2011 Lars K Jensen rated it liked it
Maybe I'm under the influence of the fact that 'Memento' is such a great movie, that I really couldn't let that go and focus on the story behind the movie, 'Memento Mori' by Christopher Nolan's brother Jonathan.

It's a good short story, but I feel that it is little more than that. The skeleton in the story (a guy who can't make new memories and remembers two faces; that of his wife and the guy who killed her) makes for a great movie - as you no doubt know, if you have seen the movie.
Mr. Noc
Mar 30, 2011 Mr. Noc rated it it was amazing
Scariest thing I have ever read.

Holy shit.




Nothing I have ever read or seen has touched me this deeply.

I think I may be scarred for life.
And if not,
Then I finally Understand what that means.
Oct 29, 2015 Sarah added it
I watched the psychological thriller movie first, for a class on Biology in Popular Media. I was sympathetic - impressed, even - with Leonard Shelby, "the Memory Guy" for keeping all those notes in order to keep track of his life. Anterograde anmnesia is scary.

But this short story isn't a thriller. It definitely has the psychological element, but it's not... thrilling. It's heavy. I feel more sympathetic for Earl, because I feel his emotions so much more in the words of this short story than Len
Khaled Salah
Aug 04, 2015 Khaled Salah rated it liked it
وجدتها مترجمة على إحدي الصفحات و قررت أن أقرأها لأقارن بينها و بين الفيلم
و كانت النتيجة النهائية في صالح الفيلم
النص في هذه القصة قوي جداً بلا شك و يدعك تعاني مع البطل و يستخدم طريقة الفلاش باك و المونولوج الداخلي بطريقة رائعة و لكنه يبني القصة على مشاهد متفرقة و يترك لك محاولة الربط فيما بينها في العادي هي طريقة رائعة خاصة مع مشكلة بطل القصة الذي يعاني من فقد الذاكرة العكسي و لكن حتي بعد الربط يوجد الكثير من الفراغات التي لا يمكن تفسيرها أو حتي استنتاجها
الفيلم عالج نفس الموضوع و نفس القصة تقريب
Aug 27, 2010 MaRia rated it really liked it
"Not too many professions out there that value forgetfulness. Prostitution, maybe. Politics, of course".
Feb 04, 2014 Nitish rated it really liked it
entirely new concept (though not anymore, courtesy Hollywood and Bollywood) and well written.
"They were right. Lists are the only way out of this mess.

Here's the truth: People, even regular people, are never just any one person with one set of attributes. It's not that simple. We're all at the mercy of the limbic system, clouds of electricity drifting through the brain. Every man is broken into twenty-four-hour fractions, and then again within those twenty-four hours. It's a daily pantomime, one man yielding control to the next: a backstage crowded with old hacks clamoring for their tur
Nov 16, 2014 Almira rated it it was amazing
15 short stories for this year: done. I'm glad I ended the list with Memento mori (remember you will die). This is my favorite short story from 2014's shelf so I'll write something, haha. I'm not really into reading short stories. I forget them easily for some reasons.

This one has a movie adaptation btw, I think both Hollywood and Bollywood did the movie for this. I think that movie Gajhini something, I can't remember if I spelled it correctly (tltg), was based from this story too. Amir Khan? Th
Apr 25, 2010 Lisa rated it liked it
“Time is an absurdity. An abstraction. The only thing that matters is this moment” (12). This completely resonated with me in the short story “Memento Mori” by Jonathan Nolan. Time is fleeting, constant, an enigma, hard to figure out, at times maddening and confusing. Nolan’s short story seems to settle largely on the concept of time. What is time? Friend or foe? In Earle’s case it seems to work against him. He can’t remember anything past a measly half-hour increment of time. For Earle, “time i ...more
Mar 01, 2015 Lara rated it liked it
This is an incredibly powerful short story that illustrates the significance of memory. I found it highly interesting that Nolan suggests the main character appreciates his ability to not feel the impact of time, since he is forced to always live in the moment following his injury. However, the reader comes to realize that the curse of time is actually a blessing since it allows a person to grow, recover and learn from experiences or in this case, trauma. Earl serves as the extreme example of a ...more
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Jonathan Nolan is a British-American author and screenwriter. His short story „Memento Mori“ (Latin for remember you will die) was used by his brother, director Christopher Nolan, as the basis for the screenplay for the critically acclaimed film Memento. He has also co-written the screenplays for The Prestige and The Dark Knight, with his brother. He recently created the CBS drama Person of Inte ...more
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“Time is an absurdity. An abstraction. The only thing that matters is this moment. This moment a million times over. You have to trust me. If this moment is repeated enough, if you keep trying — and you have to keep trying — eventually you will come across the next item on your list.” 28 likes
“Believing the lie that time will heal all wounds is just a nice way of saying that time deadens us.” 25 likes
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