Stammered Songbook: A Mother's Book of Hours

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'What makes me saddest, is the double silence of her being. Language has packed its bags and jumped over the railing of the capsizing ship, but there is also another silence in her or around her. I can no longer hear the music of her soul.' One day, the author's mother no longer remembers the word for 'book'. This seemingly innocuous moment of distraction is the first sign of the slow disintegration of her mind. As Alzheimer's disease sets in and language increasingly escapes her, her son attempts to gather the fragments ...

Stammered Songbook: A Mother's Book of Hours 2016, Pushkin Press, London

ISBN-13: 9781782270218

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