Everything I Don't Remember
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, 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 memory problems (thus the book t ...more
"Everything I Don't Remember" is the ......
"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 v ...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 bu ...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 diffi ...more
The inside book jacket lays out a succinct fact — that Samuel died in a car crash and it is debatable whether is was an a ...more
The impressively structured book is set up almost as transcripts of interactions between the writer and his interview subjects, with each sectio ...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 youn ...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 w ...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. ...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
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 hav ...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 th...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. ...more
Review of the Washington Square Press paperback (2018) translated from the Swedish original Allt jag inte minns (2015)
Everything I Don’t Remember is a challenging read due to the manner of its presentation by a fictional version of the author Khemiri himself. He is investigating the apparent suicide of a 24-year-old named Samuel by questioning an ex-roommate Vandad, an ex-girlfriend Laide, an artist friend nick-named Panther, Samuel’s mother and grandmother, a neighbour of the gran ...more
A smash-hit in its native Sweden, winning the August Prize for Best novel of 2015, Everything I Don't Remember is the heart-wrenching story of Samuel. Told from the perspectives of multiple people who knew the now-deceased youngster, who died in a tragic car crash, this book pieces together a puzzle of unreliable narration and beautiful, simple prose.
Samuel has died, and nobody knows whether it was suicide or a ...more
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
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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 Khemir ...more