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Впервые на русском сборник Энтони Дорра, автора поразительного международного бестселлера Весь невидимый нам свет (роман получил Пулитцеровскую премию и стал финалистом Национальной книжной премии США) и сборника Собиратель ракушек. Семь трогательных, поэтичных историй о вечных и неразрешимых проблемах, о бескрайней природе и месте человека в ней, о непостижимости любви и ...more
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published February 18th 2016 by Азбука (first published July 13th 2010)
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Donna Afterworld was my favorite story in Memory Wall. Made me think it was the seedlings of All the Light?
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Violet wells
Every hour, all over the globe, an infinite number of memories disappear, whole glowing atlases dragged into graves. But during that same hour children are moving about, surveying territory that seems to them entirely new. They push back the darkness; they scatter memories behind them like bread crumbs. The world is remade.

No surprise that the stories in Memory Wall all focus on memory, attempts to retrieve it and loss. The three most successful stories (Memory Wall, Village 113 and Afterworld)
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Stacy
Sep 04, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: stylee, magical
Tony Doerr knocks it out of the park with this one. His writing is achingly beautiful, at every level. Doerr chooses the perfect words, crafts sentences that make your heart feel too big for your chest, and repeatedly surprises--repeatedly offers up the thing that's both unexpected and exactly right.

The stories are magical in that they each contain something not-quite-of-this world: a memory machine, an epileptic ability to connect across time and space, an impossible sturgeon. It's not
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Sue
This is my first experience reading Anthony Doerr, but it will not be the last. I loved reading these stories. My reactions varied throughout from frustration to sadness to happiness to occasional fleeting moments of joy as I watched these people struggling with momentous choices or small, repeating incidents building in their lives. The concept of memory and it's place in our everyday lives is used from many different angles, effectively from my view.

To say much more would be to try to
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Hugh
I read this for a face to face book group that took place last night at my local independent bookshop Five Leaves. It is not a book I would have been likely to choose for myself but it certainly made for a lively and interesting discussion. I have never read Doerr before.

This book is a collection of a novella and five stories, set in several continents at various times in recent history, linked by a theme of memory, how it works, how it shapes lives and what happens when it is lost. The prose
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Bettie
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Just 'Afterworld' from this collection.

Description: Esther, who is an epileptic, escaped Nazi Germany when she was a child and has lived contentedly in Ohio with her husband and their son. Now 85, her fits have intensified and she is haunted by visions of her childhood friends from the orphanage she grew up in. They appear to be calling to her, as memories from her past flood in. Anthony Doerr is an American author of novels and short stories. He gained widespread recognition for
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Gayle
Oct 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I want to marry Anthony Doerr. Oh, wait, I'm already married. Then I'll have to do the next best thing: read everything else he's written, because I love the company of his mind, love traveling through his continents, inspecting with his creations the symbols and shards of memory that form a life and its contingencies. Doerr's tight writing paradoxically evokes whole worlds of culture, time, history, and real, breathing characters. We go to Africa, Lithuania, Germany, Wyoming, China in this ...more
Tara
Mar 26, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am a huge fan of The Shell Collector, so was a bit worried when I started reading this collection. The first story takes a rather dystopian view, writing I don't usually warm up to. However, I soon realized that Doerr has chosen to go in a different direction than those stories of his past. He challenged himself, and more than rose to the occasion. I have never read writing quite like this, especially in two of the stories, Memory Wall and Afterworld. And when I was taken abruptly out of these ...more
Jenny (Reading Envy)
Podcasts have really been influencing my reading lately. This is the second book I went looking for after the "Forbidden Crushes" episode of Dear Sugar Radio (the first was Wedlocked: A Memoir by Jay Ponteri.) This collection of stories had nothing to do with the topic of forbidden crushes, but was mentioned in passing. Most people know Doerr from his Pulitzer Prize winning novel, All the Light We Cannot See, but he had published a few books prior to that success. I was unfamiliar with his ...more
Jill
Jul 14, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-stories
Aldous Huxley once famously said, Every mans memory is his private literature. In this luminous collection of short stories (including an 83 page novella), Anthony Doerr probes the fragility and endurance of memory, in locales that vary from South Africa to Hamburgfrom Lithuania to Wyomingand from the heinousness of the Holocaust to an immediate dystopian future.

This masterful collection is bookmarked by an opening and an ending story with two diverse elderly women as key protagonists. The title
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Ellie
This is a beautiful collection of stories that explore memory, its power, its pain, and how it affects who we are and how we live. I found every story meaningful. I choked up repeatedly--I was not prepared for how sad and poignant the stories are.

The title story is a futuristic tale of a time when memories can be extracted from the mind and kept in cartridges. The story is set in South Africa and deals with apartheid as well as the memory loss of the elderly woman, Alma, the subject of the
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Sue Russell
Update: I'm thrilled that Memory Wall is one of three nominees for the Story Prize. Now I have to catch up with the others. Here's my prepress review from Library Journal.


Library Journal
Suppose you've entered the foreign territory of senile dementia and a surgical procedure could charge your brain's damaged neurons and make your memories available to you once again. That's the supposition behind "Memory Wall," the title story of Doerr's compelling new collection and the metaphorical underpinning
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Elizabeth☮
Nov 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Memory Wall" - the first story really knocked my socks off. This is set in South Africa during a time when doctors can implant a device in your head to help combat dementia. There is a lot to this story, but I don't want to give it all away.

"Procreate, Generate" - a couple struggles with the stress of infertility.

"The Demilitarized Zone" - a divorced couple corresponds with their son who is away at war.

"Village 113" - an entire village is about to be flooded out for the advancement of
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Katina
Jan 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
Phenomenal. Still reeling from its awesomeness.

When I finished this book, I remained stuck in a sort of trance state, sitting in my living room, but traveling through the worlds that Doerr created. I even lived through a particularly crowded and harrowing commute home without even flinching because I was so rapt by this book.

This collection of short stories was so vivid - the last one especially. Without giving too much away, its exploration of epilepsy and memories, practically time travel,
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Mikki
Aug 24, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-stories
My only complaint with this book is that it came to an end.
Larry H
Wow. This book really knocked me out. The six stories in Anthony Doerr's fantastic collection each deal with memory--what memories (and their loss) mean to us, how they move us and how conscious we are in the creation of new memories. (A character in the first story says "Remember a memory often enough and you can create a new memory, the memory of remembering.")



Each story has a wholly different premise and different main characters, and takes place in a completely difference place and time,
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Michele Harrod
Dec 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Every now and then I find a piece of literature that proves that a certain alignment of letters on a page can totally surpass being classified as 'language' and express the deepest echoes of the human heart. This miracle of storytelling happened for me a couple of times in this book. Where you simply have to stop, close your eyes, and literally feel the pull of the words as they pluck your individual heart strings. This is a collection of short stories. Varying tales of love and loss, and the ...more
Crystal
Aug 25, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: abandoned
Disappointed in this book, and it came so highly recommended! :) I do have to say that his writing style is nice, I enjoy the simplicity and also the depth with his careful word choice. For my tastes, the style is slightly too abrubt, but just as I said, that is just my taste. He did a good job at making these characters come alive and without actually saying but showing exactly what they feel. I was disappointed though with the lack of direction that the stories seem to take. The only direction ...more
Alena
Jul 22, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"What is memory anyway? How can it be such a frail, perishable thing?

These are the central questions in this novella plus additional short stories. Without trying to provide easy answers or falling back on clichés, Doerr takes the reader deep into the fractured minds of his characters.

I was immediately drawn into the title novellas premise, set in Cape Town. Alzheimer afflicted Alma has had a medical procedure to allow her memories to be reaped and replayed electronically. We get to know her in
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Jgrace
Memory Wall - Doerr
audio performance by multiple narrators
5 stars

Anthony Doerr published four books before the phenomenally successful All the Light We Cannot See; one novel, one memoir, and two collections of short stories. Memory Wall is the collection that was published in 2010.

There are six stories in this book. Not one of the six is even mildly disappointing. The stories differ in characters and setting. Memory Wall, the title story, is a about an elderly, white, dementia patient and
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Jacob
Aug 17, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, wwii, idaho
This book is filled with memorable characters, images and prose. It will make you happy and sad, occasionally both at the same time. It's clear the author cares a lot about everything and everyone, even animals.
Laura
From BBC Radio 4 - Book at Bedtime:
Written by Anthony Doerr. Esther, who is an epileptic, escaped Nazi Germany when she was a child and has lived contentedly in Ohio with her husband and their son. Now 85, her fits have intensified and she is haunted by visions of her childhood friends from the orphanage she grew up in. They appear to be calling to her, as memories from her past flood in.

Episode 1:
Esther's seizures open up a new world where old friends await.

Anthony Doerr is an American author
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Avery Taylor
Apr 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Anthony Doerr is a god.

I probably wouldn't have picked up this book on my own---I'm not usually one to go for a lot of short story collections---except that I went to a live reading by Doerr at my university, in which he read the bonus story from the 2011 edition of MEMORY WALL, "The Deep". And it was something like part-scripture, part-science fiction for me. All poetry. I knew I had to buy the book.

The experience of reading Doerr's stories is somewhat spiritual, in a very earthy, humanizing
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Chris Blocker
Aug 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
*Received from Goodreads' First Reads program*

In its short existence, there have been many masters of the short story. Flannery O'Connor. Anton Chekhov. Raymond Carver. Jorge Luis Borges. Some of them were writers of larger works, but we tend to remember them best for their short pieces. Ambrose Bierce. Stephen Crane. Zora Neale Hurston. Eudora Welty. John Cheever. Many of these writers belonged to a different era, a time when short stories were appreciated, even revered. Guy de Maupassant.
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Marc
Jan 04, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This collection of short stories revolving around the themes of memory and how past experiences can both figuratively, and throughout the book even literally, be as tangible and at times more real than the world we inhabit today, is a breath of fresh air. Despite the protracted format, the author effortlessly packs each story with layers of complex characterization and beautiful narrative providing as much content and impact than most books twice the size. In the limited pages he works with, ...more
Ernie
Dec 27, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this author's novel "All the Light We Cannot See", and read this book because I was hungry for more. It did not disappoint. This book is a collection of short stories which the author depicts as concerning memory. His writing is beautiful and descriptions poetic. I did not discern the specific memory connection touted in the title, probably because that is subtle and I am not always good at subtle. I found the book fascinating because it depicted a wide range of situations in which ...more
Mary
Aug 06, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The six stories in Anthony Doerr's Memory Wall are generous, gorgeous, and far-reaching in scope. They push to the very edges of form, exploring the limits of what a short story can and should do. From the first (title) story, set in a near-future South Africa, we sense the uniqueness of this collection through the search for a million-dollar fossil, cartridges of memories found, lost, then re-found, viewed like reel-to-reel movies, fading photos, and the thoughts and memories that make us who ...more
LindaJ^
Oh I liked these six short stories much better than Doerr's Pultizer Prize winning All the Light We Cannot See. There are only six stories and the first - Memory Wall - is more than a third of the book. They are set all over the world and are set in real times and in future times. There is, I think, a bit of science fiction and mystical elements mixed in some of the stories. While I thought the first story was excellent, my favorite was the last story - Afterworld - which concerned an 80 year ...more
Laura
Mar 19, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
(Some individual stories, like the title story, 5 stars)

I am not a big fan of short stories (I prefer novels because I like to have the time to really get emotionally invested in characters) but I have been trying to give more short story collections a try since You Are Not a Stranger Here showed me just how potent they can be in the right author's hands. This is my first Anthony Doerr book, and after reading his brilliant story collection I am glad to have two more of his books waiting on my
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Stephen
Apr 30, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
enjoyable short stories looking at human life and memories through different eyes, places and culture. the author takes us a journey through the lifes of a dementia sufferer, a jewish girl growing up in Nazi Germany and in latter life in the USA. an orphan who travels to eastern Europe and begins life again with relatives and at the heart of the stories is how humans can adapt and his uses lovely prose and you feel for some of the characters.
Tamara
Sep 24, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Despite the fact that it took me an obscene amount of time to finish, I really did love this collection. Each story painted its own unique, richly detailed world that seemed both very far away and very close at the same time, each subtly linked to the overarching theme of memory.
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