Memories of the Future by Siri Hustvedt audiobook

Memories of the Future: A Novel

By Siri Hustvedt
Read by Katherine Fenton

Simon & Schuster Audio 9781982102838
12.97 Hours Unabridged
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A provocative, exuberant novel about time, memory, desire, and the imagination from the internationally bestselling and prizewinning author of The Blazing World, Memories of the Future tells the story of a young Midwestern woman’s first year in New York City in the late 1970s and her obsession with her mysterious neighbor, Lucy Brite. As she listens to Lucy through the thin walls of her dilapidated building, S.H., aka “Minnesota,” transcribes her neighbor’s bizarre and increasingly ominous monologues in a notebook, along with sundry other adventures, until one frightening night when Lucy bursts into her apartment on a rescue mission. Forty years later, S.H., now a veteran author, discovers her old notebook, as well as early drafts of a never-completed novel while moving her aging mother from one facility to another. Ingeniously juxtaposing the various texts, S.H. measures what she remembers against what she wrote that year and has since forgotten to create a dialogue between selves across decades. The encounter both collapses time and reframes its meanings in the present. Elaborately structured, intellectually rigorous, urgently paced, poignant, and often wildly funny, Memories of the Future brings together themes that have made Hustvedt among the most celebrated novelists working today: the fallibility of memory; gender mutability; the violence of patriarchy; the vagaries of perception; the ambiguous borders between sensation and thought, sanity and madness; and our dependence on primal drives such as sex, love, hunger, and rage.

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Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

A provocative, exuberant novel about time, memory, desire, and the imagination from the internationally bestselling and prizewinning author of The Blazing World, Memories of the Future tells the story of a young Midwestern woman’s first year in New York City in the late 1970s and her obsession with her mysterious neighbor, Lucy Brite.

As she listens to Lucy through the thin walls of her dilapidated building, S.H., aka “Minnesota,” transcribes her neighbor’s bizarre and increasingly ominous monologues in a notebook, along with sundry other adventures, until one frightening night when Lucy bursts into her apartment on a rescue mission.

Forty years later, S.H., now a veteran author, discovers her old notebook, as well as early drafts of a never-completed novel while moving her aging mother from one facility to another. Ingeniously juxtaposing the various texts, S.H. measures what she remembers against what she wrote that year and has since forgotten to create a dialogue between selves across decades. The encounter both collapses time and reframes its meanings in the present.

Elaborately structured, intellectually rigorous, urgently paced, poignant, and often wildly funny, Memories of the Future brings together themes that have made Hustvedt among the most celebrated novelists working today: the fallibility of memory; gender mutability; the violence of patriarchy; the vagaries of perception; the ambiguous borders between sensation and thought, sanity and madness; and our dependence on primal drives such as sex, love, hunger, and rage.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Like all the best postmodern novels, this metafictional investigation of time, memory, and the mutating self is as playful as it is serious.” Kirkus Reviews
Memories of the Future shines in its observations on the fluidity of time and the ways in which one’s older and younger selves can coexist.” Minneapolist Star Tribune
“A fascinating shape-shifter of a novel.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Katherine Fenton is the ideal narrator for Hustvedt’s latest novel…Fenton’s clear enunciation and skilled phrasing help listeners navigate both the shifting time periods and the unusual narrative structure…The flawless pacing of the narration, with increases in speed to replicate the frenetic rhythms of city life and the slowing of tempo to illuminate S.H.‘s childhood remembrances, is impressive…Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.” AudioFile
“Her sentences dance with the elation of a brilliant intellect romping through a playground of ideas, and her prose is just as lively.” Washington Post

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Author Bio: Siri Hustvedt

Author Bio: Siri Hustvedt

Siri Hustvedt is the internationally acclaimed author of several novels, as well as a growing body of nonfiction. n 2012 she was awarded the International Gabarron Prize for Thought and Humanities. Her novel The Blazing World won the Lost Angeles Book Prize for Fiction and was long-listed for the Man Booker Prize. She has also published numerous papers in scholarly and scientific journals. She has a PhD in English literature from Columbia University and is a lecturer in psychiatry.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD
Category: Fiction/Literary
Runtime: 12.97
Audience: Adult
Language: English