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‘Memory’ Shapes Life and History

URL: http://www.jewishjournal.com/arts/article/memory_shapes_life_and_history_20040910

Tony Eprile opens up the complex terrain of a changing South Africa in "The Persistence of Memory." This is an ambitious novel, a novel of many ideas. Eprile is a gifted storyteller who delves into the inner life and family, and also politics, social commentary and warfare. The literary thread that links these different kinds of stories -- whether accounts of sensual meals, embarrassing school episodes or brutal battles -- and propels the narrative is suggested by the title: the way that memory, the act of remembering, shapes life and history.

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