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Pages: 384

Language: English

Publisher: University of Alabama Press (28 Feb. 2014)

By: Lance Olsen (Author)

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Theories of Forgetting is concerned with how words matter, the materiality of the page, and how a literary work might react against mass reproduction and textual disembodiment in the digital age.

Theories of Forgetting is a narrative in three parts. The first is the story of Alana, a filmmaker struggling to complete a short documentary about Robert Smithson’:s famous earthwork, The Spiral Jetty, located where the Great Salt Lake meets the desert. Alana falls victim to a pandemic called The Frost, whose symptoms include an increasing sensation of coldness and growing amnesia. The second involves Alana’:s husband, Hugh, owner of a rare-and-used bookstore in Salt Lake City, and his slow disappearance across Jordan while on a trip both to remember and to forget Alana’:s death. The third involves marginalia added to Hugh’:s section by his daughter, Aila, an art critic living in Berlin. Aila discovers a manuscript by her father after his disappearance and tries to make sense of it by means of a one-sided “:dialogue”: with her brother, Lance.

Each page of the novel is divided in half. Alana’:s narrative runs across the top of the page, from back to front, while Hugh’:s and his daughter’:s tale runs “:upside down”: across the bottom of the page, from front to back. How a reader initially happens to pick up Theories of Forgetting determines which narrative is read first, and thereby establishing the reader’:s meaning-making of the novel.

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