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Title:
In the Memorial Room
Written by:
Janet Frame 
Read by:
Humphrey Bower 
Format:
Unabridged CD Audio Book 
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Duration:
4 hours 38 minutes 
Published:
July 28 2017 
Available Date:
July 28 2017 
Age Category:
Adult 
ISBN:
9781489399670 
Genres:
Fiction; Literary Fiction 
Publisher:
Bolinda audio 
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Winner AudioFile Earphones Award 2017

'[T]his book is marvelous experimental fiction ... Frame's sentences are marvels, winding like narrow alleys through hill towns: They open spectacular vistas. Brilliant.'
Kirkus (starred)

In the Memorial Room is a brilliant black comedy, by the celebrated author of An Angel at My Table.

Harry Gill, a moderately successful writer of historical fiction, has been awarded the annual Watercress-Armstrong Fellowship – a 'living memorial' to the poet, Margaret Rose Hurndell. He arrives in the small French village of Menton, where Hurndell once lived and worked, to write. But the Memorial Room is not suitable – it has no electricity or water. Hurndell never wrote here, though it is expected of Harry. Janet Frame's previously unpublished novel draws on her own experiences in Menton, France as a Katherine Mansfield Fellow. It is a wonderful social satire, a send-up of the cult of the dead author, and – in the best tradition of Frame – a fascinating exploration of the complexity and the beauty of language.

'This short, funny and often beautifully written novel – completed in the early 1970s but just now being published – provides an excellent occasion for remembering the weird wisdom and genuine talent of Janet Frame.'
The New York Times

'[T]he story is also a beautifully crafted artistic and philosophical creation that explores the nature of communication and exposes Frame's love of language ...'
Library Journal