Everything I Don't Remember
One of Sweden’s most celebrated young writers and activists spins an exhilarating, innovative, and gripping murder mystery reminiscent of the hit podcast Serial.
A young man named Samuel dies in a horrible car crash. Was it an accident or was it suicide? To answer that question, an unnamed writer with an ...more
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The main character, Samuel, has a Swedish mother and a North African father. We know in the first few pages that Samuel will die in a car accident that could be an accident or a suicide. His best friend, a huge hulky guy, tells the story because he decides to interview family and friends and write a book about his dead friend. The dead man’s mother will only communicate with the would-be author by email but he interviews everyone else.
Samuel feels that he has ...more
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"Winner of the August Prize, Sweden's most prestigious Literary Honor".
The writing took some getting use to. The first 4 or 5 pages are interesting and confusing...... [interesting sentences, but no context understanding].
Then it 'clicks'. Samuel is 'already' dead at the beginning of the novel. Those first few puzzling pages, 'are' part of the puzzle -excerpts - from a ...more
I woke up and had coffee and planned to spend the day with Faulkner, as it was raining and cold and generally dark and frustrating outside. I took a walk to a nearby school to vote in the EU elections (one has to do the civic duty even if it means getting soaking wet!), and on the way home, I stopped at a supermarket and bought some cinnamon buns for the family and a newspaper for myself. So far, so good.
Home again, with coffee and cinnamon ...more
However, I didn't really care for the characters. There were some parts of the characters that I didn't like. And it was often ...more
The impressively structured book is set up almost as transcripts of interactions between the writer and his interview subjects, with each ...more
The mother was a flighty character who was very uncooperative and did very little to forward Samuel’s story. The roommate, ...more
Everything I don't remember is about Samuel who died in a horrific car crash. Was it an accident? Was it suicide? An unnamed writer sets out to reconstruct Samuel's last day and learns a lot about the ...more
My expectations were exceeded as it was much, much more.
It is about a man who had to jot down events in his Experience Bank because he was paranoid about not remembering.
You're luck you have such an awesome memory.
Because it means you still have him. He's not dead. He lives on. Thanks to you.
It is about a writer who had once met the man who ...more
EVERYTHING I DON’T REMEMBER by Jonas Hassen Khemiri pushes all boundaries of literary fiction, similar to the hit podcast Serial a multi-ethnic cast of characters, the central plot point of a friend’s passing, and a journalist protagonist weaving together the different threads of a mystery.
Immersive and mysterious, if you loved Mary Kubica’s The Good Girl, Celeste Ng’s Everything, I Never Told You, Allens ...more
An enigmatic novel that remains something of a mystery, even once it's finished... but that IS somewhat the point. It's not an entirely satisfying read, but since I raced through it in under 24 hours, that does say something, and I'd be interested in reading more of the author's works, especially his much lauded plays.
But. The writing technique feels the same as when someone switches the tv channel every time you start to follow the plot, and this happens continuously, over and over again. I was really struggling for the first 120 pages and almost gave up. Toward the end the flow improves, but overall, this was not an enjoyable read.
(I do admit that people with better Swedish language skills might not ...more
"Allt jag inte minns" tells the story of a Samuels life from all kinds of perspectives. The narrator wants to find out why he died and interviews friends and family of Samuel in order to understand.
I read the Swedish version so I had some problems understanding who is talking - I don't know if this was a result of my poor Swedish or Khemiris writing.
Nevertheless did I enjoy this book and especially Khemiris writing. He is talented, funny and witty.
This book basically tells the story of Samuel who died in a car crash, through multiple perspectives at the same time. We get to hear his mother, his ex, his best friend, and a lot of other people who knew him and they all have a different idea of what happened. Not gonna lie, ...more
The Long Of It: I can't remember ever having such a tough time deciding on a rating for a book, but "Everything I Don't Remember" is not like any other book I've read.
Samuel, a young Swedish man, dies in a terrible car wreck, and the novel is an attempt by an unnamed writer to piece together what really happened: was it an ...more
Wow. The story-telling!
A nice, playful use of language, with measured humor to back it up, the book is strong in its own right, but the construction and story-telling is the real clincher.
The book consists of a series of interviews with friends, family, ex-girlfriend, et al., of the deceased Samuel. The interviewer's questions and replies are elided, all we get are various people's accounts and impressions of this somewhat eccentric young man as they remember him. Memory is a central theme of...more
The writing was quite unique with both the past and present switching back and ...more
Samuel, a young man, has been killed in a car crash. An unnamed writer interviews Samuel's friends and relatives to try and find out what happened. Was it a murder, suicide or a tragic accident?
The 'story' is very different in the way in which we learn about Samuel's life. We are given short sections told from someone's view-and it isn't always clear who is speaking. The voices do become quite distinctive, but you can't trust ...more
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He made a celebrated debut in 2003 with Ett öga rött/One Eye Red, which has sold over 200,000 copies in Sweden and became the best-selling paperback of any category in 2004. For Ett öga rött/One Eye Red Jonas Hassen ...more