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New Finnish Grammar by Diego Marani
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Mar 23, 12

bookshelves: fiction, on-my-shelves, translation, iffp-long-list-2012
Read from March 13 to 23, 2012


Memory is an individuals ability to evoke or revive specific events from their lives. Memory is thought to divide into 3 main subdivisions, these being Working memory (prefrontal Cortex), Long term memory (hippocampus) and Skill memory (Cerebellum). These all play their part in contributing to our identity, by the building of new memories and the retaining of past ones, also by providing us with scenarios that allows us to know how to behave socially. Making memory an important factor in building an individuals identity.

In Diego Marani’s book New Finnish Grammar, a man is found on a Trieste quay, unconscious with obvious head wounds. When he regains consciousness he appears to have no memory, or language, to all intents and purposes he has become an empty vessel devoid of all that we would perceive necessary for an individuals identity, in fact the only thing that marks him in any way is a name-tag inside the seaman’s jacket he’s wearing, with the Finnish name Sampo Karjalainen and a handkerchief embroidered S.K.

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Parrish Lantern Reading this as part of the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize Shadow Jury, favourite so far if From the mouth of the whale


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