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  • The digitalisation of memory

    We have just interviewed Liubov Holota, the author of Episodic Memory. We plan to publish the interview in full but wanted to share some of her thoughts now. In particular she touched on the notion of memory.

    The novel uses Tulving's theory of episodic memory as a metaphor for the erosion of our own

    communal memory. As Holota points out, the web has become our memory. We ask any question and

    it answers. But our own memory for colours, sounds and shapes is being eroded. Are we, by digitalising our past, losing that communal episodic memory, the stories told by our grandparents? What do you think? In a strange way the tales told round the fire as they blurred created a space wherein magic could exist.

    The spirits that haunt the Steppe in Episodic Memory are being driven to the very periphery of that vast open plain.

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