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The Memory Chalet Hardcover – 4 Nov 2010
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"A book to treasure...The chambers of his memory chalet will live on long after him: witty, profound, controversial...for they tell you, more clearly than any work of imagination, what the last few months of life are like. In a sense, you learn how to die yourself...Wonderfully written...He has the natural essayist's ability to riff on a diverting theme...Through these pages, he emerges as a wellspring of enlightenment you need to spend time with...A slim volume that oscillates constantly between brilliance and exasperation and love. He has the eye for detail of a historian, and the empathy of a human being...Will move, educate and perhaps inspire for many years. This chalet is built of stone, on the firmest foundations." (Peter Preston Observer)
"Tony Judt, had a wonderful prose style, and his little book The Memory Chalet, a collection of autobiographical essays, is beautiful and moving. Although Judt, who suffered from motor neurone disease, died earlier this year, this late work is more sustaining than sad." (John Banville Guardian, Books of the Year)
"My book of the year is the volume of essays, The Memory Chalet, many of which were written as he was dying of motor neurone disease and were published originally in The New York Review of Books. Judt was one of the finest historians of the past half-century and a brilliant memoirist and essayist." (Chris Patten Financial Times, Books of the Year)
"In examining his past, Judt has managed to write what amounts to a Bildungsroman of one of the most distinctive writerly personas of the age. At the same time, he has told us something important about ourselves: about what we were and what we have become." (Jonathan Derbyshire New Statesman)
"I've been deeply moved by Tony Judt's reminiscence-in-essays." (Claire Messud Daily Telegraph, Books of the Year)
A collection of stirring, poignant personal essays from Tony Judt, one of our leading historians.See all Product description
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These texts were never intended for publication, but were the result of Judts intellectual diversions simply to get him through the night: alone, completely immobile, as a `modern day mummy', in his `corporeal prison' Judt composed these short texts mainly motivated to ward off some bodily discomfort. Devoid of the possibility to write down these texts, by mnemonic means (his `memory chalet') he memorised these texts before they could be put to paper by him dictating it during the day to his assistant.
Due to this very particular creation process, the end result is a collection of texts which describe without pathos, very finely worded and with quite some humour some very down to earth subjects linked to his personal experiences: e.g. his father's enthusiasm for cars which Judt interprets as a way to escape an unhappy marriage and humiliating work, his youthful fascination and experience with kibbutz-life which resulted in an early suspiciousness for ideologies such as Maoism, gauchism, tiers-mondism... The strict, politically completely incorrect German teacher Joe, who efficiently taught Judt in a short time span to master this difficult language.
The diverse subjects always lead to very straightforward observations accompanied by intelligent analysis.
I was impressed by the extremely well-chosen wordings to describe by definition very ordinary things and this with humour. These texts are written by someone who has come to terms with his terrible ordeal, illustrated by the benign, positive look on things passed not excluding well-founded criticism. As Judt expresses it himself, these texts are written by a person who knows that `being' is the only thing left to him, he will not experience new things.
The texts for this book were finished in May 2010, Tony Judt died in August 2010.
The chalet described made such a deep impression on him and on me the reader, I would love to fled all and gone there. i read this book in every spare moment.
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