Wednesday, May 5, 2010

The History of Forgetting: Los Angeles and the Erasure of Memory, by Norman Klein

Los Angeles is a city which has long thrived on the continual re-creation of own myth. In this extraordinary and original work, Norman Klein examines the process of memory erasure in LA. Using a provocative mixture of fact and fiction, the book takes us on an 'anti-tour' of downtown LA, examines life for Vietnamese immigrants in the City of Dreams, imagines Walter Benjamin as a Los Angeleno, and finally looks at the way information technology has recreated the city, turning cyberspace into the last suburb.

"Klein clearly follows in Mike Davis's wake, but develops a distinctive focus on the erasure of memory in and about the city." Times Literary Supplement

"Klein is a fine stylist, an engaging historian – his account of the way noir shaped the city is strikingly fresh." New Scientist

"Norman Klein is full of ideas, brilliantly and beautifully expressed". Journal of Americann History

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