Thursday, February 02, 2012
Memory as a Subject in Novels
I have read three novels of later that use memory, or lack there of, as the primary element in a crime novel. In TURN OF MIND (Alice LaPlante), Alzheimer's affects the protagonist. In MEMORY (Westlake), a man is assaulted by his lover's husband and finds his memory diminishing day by day. In BEFORE I GO TO SLEEP (Watson), a disturbance has also occurred and leads the protagonist to try and catalog her owm back story.
What other novels use memory as an important element? Or is it a new thing like recovered memories of abuse was in the nineties?
I wonder if the ubiquitous diagnosis of Alzheimers has made this the current trend.