The Memory Chalet (Paperback)
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Short Description for The Memory Chalet One of our leading historians, Judt has written extensively about the 20th century. Now he delivers a memoir like no other--each essay charts some experience or remembrance of the past through the sieve of Judt's prodigious mind.
- Published: 25 October 2011
- Format: Paperback 226 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780143119975 ISBN 10: 0143119974
- Sales rank: 181,527
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Selected by "The New York Times Book Review" as a Notable Book of the Year Final reflections on a happy life-from acclaimed historian Tony Judt. Tony Judt's "The Memory Chalet" is a memoir unlike any other. Each essay brings the smallest details of personal experience into the larger frame of history. Judt's youthful love of a London bus route becomes a reflection on public civility. Food and trains and smells all come alive as Judt takes us from the postwar London of his childhood through Paris, Prague, and points east to New York, where he found his home. Judt brings his moral clarity and wit to bear on everything from fast cars to radical politics and, finally, the devastating illness that took his life. This book, composed when Judt was paralyzed and unable physically to write, found its shape in the ordered rooms of a Swiss Chalet of the mind: a warm refuge in the closing darkness of his final years.