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Fragments of an Infinite Memory

Category: Book
Translated By: Behrman de Sinety, Peter
By (author): Renouard, Mael
Subject:  BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs
  COMPUTERS / Internet / General
  SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General
Publisher: New York Review Books
Published: January 2019
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 280
Size: 8.25in x 5.50in

Additional Notes

From The Publisher*A deeply informed, yet playful and ironic look at how the internet has changed human experience, memory, and our sense of self, and that belongs on the shelf with the best writings of Roland Barthes and Jean Baudrillard.

"One day, as I was daydreaming on the boulevard Beaumarchais, I had the idea-it came and went in a flash, almost in spite of myself-of doing a Google search to find out what I had been up to and where I had been the previous evening, since my own recollections were confused." So begins MaeÅNl Renouard's Fragments of an Infinite Memory, a provocative and elegant inquiry into life in a wireless world. Renouard is old enough to remember life before the Internet but young enough to have fully accommodated his life to the Internet and the gadgets that support it. Here this young philosopher, novelist, and translator tries out a series of conjectures on how human experience, especially the sense of self, is being changed by our continual engagement with a memory that is impersonal and effectively boundless. Renouard has written a book that is rigorously impressionistic, deeply informed historically and culturally, but also playful, ironic, personal, and formally adventurous, a book that withstands comparison to the best of Roland Barthes and Jean Baudrillard.
Review Quote*"Maël Renouard takes us on a conceptual adventure, meditating on what remains and what is forgotten and observing the progressive annexation of our interiority by the external and infinite memory that is the internet." -Philosophie Magazine
Biographical NoteMaël Renouard is a French writer and translator. He was born in Paris and attended the École Normale Supérieure, where he would later teach philosophy. He served as the technical adviser for speeches in the cabinet of Francois Fillon from 2009 to 2012. Renouard has translated works by Nietzsche, Joseph Conrad, and Arthur Schnitzler, among others, and from 2004 to 2010 he was a regular contributor to the magazine Trafic. In 2014 he was made a Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters.

Peter Behrman de Sinety was born in Maine and teaches English at the École Normale Supériure in Paris.