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Speak Memory

Posted By Alex Belth On May 16, 2013 @ 1:09 pm In 1: Featured,Arts and Culture,Bookish,Creative Process,Links: Interviews | Comments Disabled

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From the New York Times Book Review, this [2] from Hilary Mantel [3]:

In addition to your novels, you’ve also written a memoir. What makes a good memoir? Any recent memoirs you would recommend?

It’s not recent, but I would recommend “Bad Blood,” by Lorna Sage. It’s a memoir of childhood and private life that has an almost eerie immediacy. When I was reading it, I felt as if the author were talking to me: and I talked back (at least, in my head). Memoir’s not an easy form. It’s not for beginners, which is unfortunate, as it is where many people do begin. It’s hard for beginners to accept that unmediated truth often sounds unlikely and unconvincing. If other people are to care about your life, art must intervene. The writer has to negotiate with her memories, and with her reader, and find a way, without interrupting the flow, to caution that this cannot be a true record: this is a version, seen from a single viewpoint. But she has to make it as true as she can. Writing a memoir is a process of facing yourself, so you must do it when you are ready.

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[2] the New York Times Book Review, this: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/19/books/review/hilary-mantel-by-the-book.html?pagewanted=all

[3] Hilary Mantel: http://time100.time.com/2013/04/18/time-100/slide/hilary-mantel/

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