Episodic Memory is both a prose masterpiece and a vast, lyrical poem. It tells the story of a young girl growing up in a Ukrainian village and her return, as an adult, to be at her dying mother's bedside. While staying in her parents' house after the funeral she is haunted by memories of a vanished world where Gypsies sang their way over the Steppe, and the postman, a KGB informer, hurled the post at the gate-post as his wagon hurtled past.
The novel uses the American psychologist Tulving's theory of episodic memory as a metaphor for the disintigration of communal narratives under the impact of globalisation. The prose enmeshes the reader in the sights and sounds of a vanished world