Dazzlingly inventive, witty and mysterious: a writer pieces together the story of a young man's death in an exhilarating narrative puzzle reminiscent of the hit podcast Serial.
A young man dies in a car crash – accident or suicide? An unnamed writer with an agenda of his own sets out to piece together Samuel's story. From friends, relatives and neighbours, a portrait emerges of a loving son, reluctant bureaucrat, contrived poser, loyal friend. But who was Samuel really, and what happened to him? In filling out the contours of his existence, the writer grasps at a fundamental question: how do we account for the substance of a life?
Winner of the August Prize, Everything I Don’t Remember is an International Bestseller. Read for you by Jack Hawkins, reader of Station Eleven.
Jonas Hassen Khemiri is a novelist and internationally acclaimed playwright considered to be one of the most important young writers in Sweden, where his debut novel was major bestseller and a generation-defining book. His fourth novel, Everything I Don't Remember, was awarded the August Prize, Sweden's highest literary honour, and was a Top Ten bestseller. Khemiri lives in Stockholm with his family.
'My books of the year [include] Jonas Hassen Khemiri's enigmatic novel'
– Joyce Carol Oates
‘Heartbreakingly sad and laugh-out-loud funny . . . Its chorus of drifters, romantics and cynics stick in the memory, each competing to tell their own truth’
– Hari Kunzru
'Unforgettable. In this non-putdownable puzzle of a story, Khemiri manages to both thrill and break your heart'
– Gary Shteyngart
'Khemiri's audacious and richly drawn novel pushes the boundaries of literary fiction . . . Beneath the structural pyrotechnics lies a broader story of imposition, appropriation and lack of individual agency: that of the immigrant experience'
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