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Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Faded Memories it was amazing 5. Rate this book Clear rating 1 of 5 stars 2 of 5 stars 3 of 5 stars 4 of 5 stars 5 of 5 stars. Silent Agony: A Novel really liked it 4. Want to Read saving… Error rating book. I played the record over and over again while my father sat quiet in his armchair, played it at him like some kind of message, some type of rebuke — for what? Five summers later, my father dropped dead of a heart attack while taking a mid-morning stroll after Mass.
My brothers and I were still asleep when the police came to the door. I stumbled into some clothes, cursing: fuck, fuck, fuck. At the hospital the nurses showed us into a room where my father lay fully clothed — I think even his tie was still neatly in place — and with his eyes closed.
As we stood there looking down at him I thought: What exactly are we supposed to do now? We had embarked on a perilous orphanhood. The three of us lived on, in the aftermath, inside the three-bedroom semi-detached house that my parents had bought when they married in and which, apart from an extension a few years before my mother died, had hardly altered in its drab decor and gloomy furniture. We went to school and college and tried to make our way in the world, but we came back every night to this place that was falling apart around us and filled with memories of the family we had once been.
It was all still there, the texture of a life gone by: in the things my parents had left behind, in our efforts to stick to certain household routines, inedible attempts at the meals my mother made and which my dad had taught himself. None of it worked: the walls seemed to close in, and inevitably we turned on each other. There were hard words and kicks exchanged, knives thrown and holes punched in doors. Four years after my father died, we sold the house.
We could no longer live under the same roof, and the place was so saturated with bad memories it had become unbearable. I had the Bible my mother kept beside her bed, and in it the painfully handwritten prayers she clung to as her illness worsened. I tried not to look at these things too often.
Until I had to, that is. In the winter of , when I was 28 years old and sunk in a depression such as I had never known, the words in the dark room began to repeat inside my addled head. After such knowledge, what forgiveness? What sort of book? When I was young I imagined it would resemble the books of my literary heroes. What exquisite company I imagined my depressive thoughts were qualified to keep. But why would anyone want to read that? Who knows. Perhaps there were others, orphans too, encumbered by all this memorial stuff.
I was supposed to be writing a cultural history of memory and the machinery by which it works: objects and images, places and physical traces — all of this enriched by the history of literature, philosophy and the visual arts. Under the exacting care of my editor Brendan Barrington, In the Dark Room was written in a year and published in the autumn of Nowadays I would come right out and say it: In the Dark Room is an essay of sorts, and hovers for better and worse between the intimate and the critical.
A decade and more later, as a new edition appears rid at last if its subtitle from Fitzcarraldo Editions, that seems like quite the place to be as a writer. If I wrote it now, approaching the age my mother attained, it would be an angrier book, less accepting of the silence my family slid beneath over years and decades.
It might not be a book about memory at all, but about experience. Mourning is one thing, imagining what it was like to be the mourned quite another.
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