The Suitcase: Six Attempts To Cross A Border

Frances Stonor Saunders

£18.99

Life is a long forgetting, even as we live it

Hardback

Biography & Memoir > History > Non-Fiction

ISBN: 9781787330542

Description

‘Frances Stonor Saunders is one of those writers you read no matter what she writes.

She is that good… This is family history at its best… the words fizz off the page and flutter in the mind’ Sunday TimesTen years ago, Frances Stonor Saunders was handed an old suitcase filled with her father’s papers. ‘If you open that suitcase you’ll never close it again,’ warned her mother.

Her father’s life had been a study in borders – exiled from Romania during the war, to Turkey then Egypt and eventually Britain, and ultimately to the borderless territory of Alzheimer’s.

The unopened suitcase seems to represent everything that had made her father unknowable to her in life.

Now she finds herself with the dilemma of two competing urges: wanting to know what’s in the suitcase, and wanting not to know. So begins this captivating exploration of history, memory and geography, as Frances Stonor Saunders unpicks her father’s and his family’s past.

Is it possible to bring her father back, to summon once more someone who was distant and elusive when alive?

The past is always the history of loss, of black holes, of things gone missing.

Life is a long forgetting, even as we live it. The Suitcase is an extraordinary, heroic effort of retrieval, driven by the ache for completion.

It is about the silences and stories that protect us, and the borders we construct, literally and figuratively, to fortify our sense of who we are.

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Weight 1 kg
Dimensions 25 × 17 × 8 cm