Science Fiction Books and the Booker Prize #SciFiSunday

The Booker Prize is a very fancy award given to very fancy literary books. Every once in awhile, a science fiction book manages to find its way among the literati. Here’s more from The Booker Prizes:

At the more dystopian end of the genre sits The Memory Police, an Orwellian novel about the terrors of state surveillance. Set on an unnamed island off an unnamed coast, a gradual epidemic of forgetting begins. A sinister fascist collective named the Memory Police is responsible for these erasures, removing both physical objects and consequently the collective memories of its inhabitants. But when a writer discovers that her editor is one of the few people left with the power to remember, she is determined to protect him at all costs.

This is a sci-fi novel that explores an alternate reality amid a grip of totalitarianism where escape seems impossible. Originally written in Japanese by Yoko Ogawa – who is considered one of Japan’s greatest writers – The Memory Police was first published in 1994, yet took over 25 years to be translated into English. Despite this gap, the novel remains distinctly prescient, in a world where fake news and alternate facts colour the norm. Ogawa’s haunting, dream-like prose expertly creates a sense of disquiet while exploring the fragile nature of freedom in this International Booker Prize 2020 longlisted novel.

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