Amnesia

A novel
Author: Peter Carey
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 0385352786
Category: Fiction
Page: 336
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The two-time Booker Prize winner now gives us an exceedingly timely, exhilarating novel—at once dark, suspenseful, and seriously funny—that journeys to the place where the cyber underworld collides with international power politics. When Gaby Baillieux releases the Angel Worm into Australia’s prison computer system, hundreds of asylum-seekers walk free. And because the Americans run the prisons (let’s be honest: as they do in so many parts of her country) the doors of some five thousand jails in the United States also open. Is this a mistake, or a declaration of cyber war? And does it have anything to do with the largely forgotten Battle of Brisbane between American and Australian forces in 1942? Or with the CIA-influenced coup in Australia in 1975? Felix Moore, known to himself as “our sole remaining left-wing journalist,” is determined to write Gaby’s biography in order to find the answers—to save her, his own career, and, perhaps, his country. But how to get Gaby—on the run, scared, confused, and angry—to cooperate? Bringing together the world of hackers and radicals with the “special relationship” between the United States and Australia, and Australia and the CIA, Amnesia is a novel that speaks powerfully about the often hidden past—but most urgently about the more and more hidden present. From the Hardcover edition.

Amnesia

A Novel
Author: Douglas Cooper
Publisher: Random House Canada
ISBN: N.A
Category: Fiction
Page: 214
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A stranger enters the city archives, corners a librarian, and begins to tell him a story. The librarian is supposed to be married in four hours' time, but the stranger compels him to listen. Many hours later he is still listening, and still unmarried. The stranger's name is Izzy Darlow, and the story revolves around his fractured family and their obsessions. The family home is a labyrinth. His older brother, Aaron, conducts secret and increasingly perilous experiments in his attic bedroom. His younger brother, Josh, who speaks with a lisp but sings like an angel, wanders the streets at night consumed by visions of destruction. Izzy's own place in this curious family is complicated by disturbing influences: the terrifying books he reads compulsively in the school library, his charismatic but dangerous friend Campbell, the vicious force of his emerging sexuality. Woven into Izzy's tale is the story of a young woman called Katie, who has been confined to a mental hospital as a result of a cruel violation suffered in her youth. Where do these two stories meet? What is Izzy leaving out, what has he forgotten? And why can the anxious librarian not extricate himself from the web that Izzy weaves around him? As the story swirls deeper, taking reference from architecture, literature, history and myth, the reader is drawn into Izzy's frighteningly dislocated world, where the only response to suffering and guilt is amnesia.

American Amnesia

How the War on Government Led Us to Forget What Made America Prosper
Author: Jacob S. Hacker,Paul Pierson
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1451667833
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 464
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"A spirited examination of why what's good for American business elites and what's good for Americans have become misaligned"--Front jacket flap.

I Forgot to Remember

A Memoir of Amnesia
Author: Su Meck,Daniel de Visé
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1451685815
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 288
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Documents the story of an amnesia survivor who permanently lost all of her memories after a traumatic brain injury and who endured a more than 25-year effort to relearn basic skills and reclaim her life.

The People's Republic of Amnesia

Tiananmen Revisited
Author: Louisa Lim
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199347727
Category: History
Page: 240
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Finalist for the 2015 Helen Bernstein Book Award for Excellence in Journalism Longlisted for the Lionel Gelber Award for the Best Non-Fiction book in the world on Foreign Affairs An Economist Book of the Year, 2014 A New York Times Book Review Editor's Choice "One of the best analyses of the impact of Tiananmen throughout China in the years since 1989." --The New York Times Book Review On June 4, 1989, People's Liberation Army soldiers opened fire on unarmed civilians in Beijing, killing untold hundreds of people. A quarter-century later, this defining event remains buried in China's modern history, successfully expunged from collective memory. In The People's Republic of Amnesia, Louisa Lim charts how the events of June 4th changed China, and how China changed the events of June 4th by rewriting its own history. Lim reveals new details about those fateful days, including how one of the country's most senior politicians lost a family member to an army bullet, as well as the inside story of the young soldiers sent to clear Tiananmen Square. She also introduces us to individuals whose lives were transformed by the events of Tiananmen Square, such as a founder of the Tiananmen Mothers, whose son was shot by martial law troops; and one of the most important government officials in the country, who post-Tiananmen became one of its most prominent dissidents. And she examines how June 4th shaped China's national identity, fostering a generation of young nationalists, who know little and care less about 1989. For the first time, Lim uncovers the details of a brutal crackdown in a second Chinese city that until now has been a near-perfect case study in the state's ability to rewrite history, excising the most painful episodes. By tracking down eyewitnesses, discovering US diplomatic cables, and combing through official Chinese records, Lim offers the first account of a story that has remained untold for a quarter of a century. The People's Republic of Amnesia is an original, powerfully gripping, and ultimately unforgettable book about a national tragedy and an unhealed wound.

Memory and Amnesia

An Introduction
Author: Alan J. Parkin
Publisher: Psychology Press
ISBN: 1135064369
Category: Psychology
Page: 237
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Memory and Amnesia provides a clear and comprehensive account of amnesia set in the context of our understanding of how normal memory operates. Part I provides the reader with an up-to-date survey of contemporary memory theories along with an account of the various methods for improving memory ability. Part II begins with an overview of memory assessment which incorporates all important new developments, and focuses on the nature and explanation of the amnesic syndrome. A new chapter deals with the emerging field of memory disorders linked to frontal lobe dysfunction, related to which is an entirely new approach to the study of age-related memory loss. The account of dementia is extended and includes a discussion of comparisons between different forms of the illness. The chapters on transient amnesic states and on psychogenic states are fully updated (including discussion of the false memory debate), and the significant advances in memory remediation are discussed in the last chapter.

Memory and Amnesia

The Role of the Spanish Civil War in the Transition to Democracy
Author: Paloma Aguilar Fernández
Publisher: Berghahn Books
ISBN: 9781571817570
Category: History
Page: 330
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Using a rich variety of sources, this book explores how the historical memory of the Spanish Civil War influenced the transition to democracy in Spain after Franco's death in 1975

Cultural Amnesia

Notes in the Margin of My Time
Author: Clive James
Publisher: Pan Macmillan Adult
ISBN: 9780330481755
Category: Artists
Page: 875
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An almanac combining a comprehensive survey of modern culture with an annotated index of who-was-who and what-was-what, Cultural Amnesia is Clive's unique take on the places and the faces that shaped the 20th-century. From Charles de Gaulle to Thomas Mann, from Hitler to Wittgenstein, from Argentina to Australia, this varied and unfailingly absorbing book is both story and history, both public memoir and personal record – and provides an essential field-guide to the vast movements of taste, intellect, politics and delusion that helped to prepare the times we live in now.

The Answer to the Riddle Is Me

A Memoir of Amnesia
Author: David Stuart MacLean
Publisher: HMH
ISBN: 0547519931
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 256
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“A deeply moving account of amnesia that . . . reminds us how we are all always trying to find a version of ourselves that we can live with.” —Los Angeles Times On October 17, 2002, David MacLean “woke up” on a train platform in India with no idea who he was or why he was there. No money. No passport. No identity. Taken to a mental hospital by the police, MacLean then started to hallucinate so severely he had to be tied down. He could remember song lyrics, but not his family, his friends, or the woman he was told he loved. The illness, it turned out, was the result of a commonly prescribed antimalarial medication he had been taking. Upon his return to the United States, he struggled to piece together the fragments of his former life. In this “mesmerizing, unsettling memoir about the ever-echoing nature of identity—written in vivid, blooming detail,” he tells the harrowing, absurd, and unforgettable story of his journey back to himself (Gillian Flynn, author of Gone Girl). “[MacLean] is an exceedingly entertaining psychotic. . . . [A] raw, honest and beautiful memoir.” —The New York Times “If bad things are going to happen, we are lucky when they happen to someone with the wit, humanity and sweetness—to say nothing of an eye for detail and a gift for pacing—that MacLean brings to this wrenching tale. . . . Readers who flip open the book will find MacLean, preserved between pages, goofy and serious, lost and found.” —Chicago Tribune “[MacLean] writes eloquently about the bizarre and disturbing experience of having his sense of self erased and then reconstructed from scratch.” —The New Yorker

Before I Go to Sleep


Author: S. J. Watson
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 1784160016
Category: Memory disorders
Page: 384
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Memories define us. So what if you lost yours every time you went to sleep? Your name, your identity, your past, even the people you love - all forgotten overnight. And the one person you trust may only be telling you half the story. Welcome to Christine's life. Now a major film starring Nicole Kidman, Colin Firth and Mark Strong. In Cinemas' now.

Amnesia and Redress in Contemporary American Fiction

Counterhistory
Author: M. Gauthier
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 0230337821
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 253
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This book shows how a political and cultural dynamic of amnesia and truth telling shapes literary constructions of history. Gauthier focuses on the works of Don DeLillo, Toni Morrison, Michelle Cliff, Bharati Mukherjee, and Julie Otsuka.

The Maze Runner


Author: James Dashner
Publisher: Chicken House
ISBN: 1908435488
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Page: 334
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When the doors of the lift crank open, the only thing Thomas remembers is his first name. But he's not alone. He's surrounded by boys who welcome him to the Glade - a walled encampment at the centre of a bizarre and terrible stone maze. Like Thomas, the Gladers don't know why or how they came to be there - or what's happened to the world outside. All they know is that every morning when the walls slide back, they will risk everything - even the Grievers, half-machine, half-animal horror that patrol its corridors, to try and find out.

Milk of Amnesia


Author: Donna Lethal
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780982723951
Category: Fiction
Page: 170
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Donna Lethal's debut is an authentic, can't-put-it-down page-turner, an astonishing first-time work about growing up in Lowell, Massachusetts (Jack Kerouac's home town) in the 1970s. With a stern ex-nun for a mother, a rascally bookie for a dad and a brother behind bars as often as not, Donna's purgatory years in Lowell make for unforgettable reading. Her book is peopled with a rogues' gallery of memorable local personalities, most hovering on the edge of small time crime, alcoholism, drug abuse and general oblivion. Funny and melancholic, sweet and brutal, it is everything a family memoir should be, a vivid flashback of haunting and hilarious memories arriving unbidden in the consciousness. Unlike some compulsive reads that evaporate after you've finished them, MILK OF AMNESIA's images will stay with you, making you laugh or tear up at unexpected moments.

Imperial America

Reflections on the United States of Amnesia
Author: Gore Vidal
Publisher: Nation Books
ISBN: 078673826X
Category: History
Page: 208
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Gore Vidal has been described as the last ‘noble defender" of the American republic. In Imperial America, Vidal steals the thunder of a right wing America—those who have camouflaged their extremist rhetoric in the Old Glory and the Red, White, and Blue—by demonstrating that those whose protest arbitrary and secret government, those who defend the bill of rights, those who seek to restrain America's international power, are the true patriots. "Those Americans who refuse to plunge blindly into the maelstrom of European and Asiatic politics are not defeatist or neurotic," he writes. "They are giving evidence of sanity, not cowardice, of adult thinking as distinguished from infantilism. They intend to preserve and defend the Republic. America is not to be Rome or Britain. It is to be America."

Amnesia


Author: Cambria Hebert
Publisher: Cambria Hebert
ISBN: 9781946836038
Category: Fiction
Page: 410
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I washed ashore in a little lake town. A place where everyone knows everyone, yet... No one knows me. I don't know me. If a woman doesn't know her own name, does she really exist? I don't know my natural hair color, my birthdate, or where I live. I am invisible. To everyone, to everything, even to myself. Except to him. I see the recognition deep in his stare, the way it lingers on my face as if I'm a puzzle he's desperate to put together. I just want answers, the truth... knowledge. His lips are sealed. Still, his eyes beguile me. I can't trust anyone, not even myself. Someone wants me dead, the same someone who tried to bury me in a watery grave. They'll come for me again... I won't know their face. I don't even know mine. I am amnesia.

Memory, Amnesia, and the Hippocampal System


Author: Neal J. Cohen,Howard Eichenbaum
Publisher: MIT Press
ISBN: 9780262531320
Category: Medical
Page: 326
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In this sweeping synthesis, Neal J. Cohen and Howard Eichenbaum bring together converging findings from neuropsychology, neuroscience, and cognitive science that provide the critical clues and constraints for developing a more comprehensive understanding of memory. Specifically, they offer a cognitive neuroscience theory of memory that accounts for the nature of memory impairment exhibited in human amnesia and animal models of amnesia, that specifies the functional role played by the hippocampal system in memory, and that provides further understanding of the componential structure of memory.The authors' central thesis is that the hippocampal system mediates a capacity for declarative memory, the kind of memory that in humans supports conscious recollection and the explicit and flexible expression of memories. They argue that this capacity emerges from a representation of critical relations among items in memory, and that such a relational representation supports the ability to make inferences and generalizations from memory, and to manipulate and flexibly express memory in countless ways. In articulating such a description of the fundamental nature of declarative representation and of the mnemonic capabilities to which it gives rise, the authors' theory constitutes a major extension and elaboration of the earlier procedural-declarative account of memory.Support for this view is taken from a variety of experimental studies of amnesia in humans, nonhuman primates, and rodents. Additional support is drawn from observations concerning the neuroanatomy and neurophysiology of the hippocampal system. The data taken from divergent literatures are shown to converge on the central theme of hippocampal involvement in declarative memory across species and across behavioral paradigms.Neal J. Cohen is Assistant Professor in the Amnesia Research Laboratory at Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology, and in the Department of Psychology at the University of Illinois. Howard Eichenbaum is Professor of Psychology and Neurobiology at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Forgetfulness

Making the Modern Culture of Amnesia
Author: Francis O'Gorman
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
ISBN: 1501324691
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 185
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Examines the history and the consequences of living in the contemporary culture of forgetfulness.

Amnesia


Author: Jennifer MacKay
Publisher: Greenhaven Publishing LLC
ISBN: 1420502077
Category: Young Adult Nonfiction
Page: 104
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Once used as a dramatic plot twist in daytime soap operas, amnesia is a real condition that is frightening to suffers and can even be brought on by strokes. Author Jennifer MacKay provides young readers and researchers with careful explanations into what amnesia is. Readers will learn about the mystery of memory loss, and how the brain makes memories. They will learn about the causes and how amnesia is diagnosed. Treatment is also covered. Fast facts and data are further provided through interesting sidebars and charts