Book summary: Memorandum: A Story with Paintings

2006 BY MARLENE VAN NIEKERK

In this unique book the text and visual images offer parallel narratives that resonate poignantly with each other.

The paintings quietly reflect the alienating experience of hospitalisation. The story is a gripping account by a lonely man who is diagnosed with cancer just before his retirement. The night before a scheduled operation he starts writnng a "memorandum" about a strange conversation he was party to during his previous stay in hospital, and the profound effect it hads on his life. Durinfg the act of writing he comes to a life-changing decision.

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