The Colour of Memory

Author(s): Geoff Dyer

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'In the race to be first in describing the lost generation of the 1980s, Geoff Dyer in The Colour of Memory leads past the winning post. 'We're not lost,' one of his hero's friend's says, 'we're virtually extinct'. It is a small world in Brixton that Dyer commemorates, of council flat and instant wasteland, of living on the dole and the scrounge, of mugging, which is merely begging by force, and of listening to Callas and Coltrane. It is the nostalgia of the DHSS Bohemians, the children of unsocial security, in an urban landscape of debris and wreckage. Not since Colin MacInnes's City of Spades and Absolute Beginners thirty years ago has a novel stuck a flick-knife so accurately into the young and marginal city. A low-keyed style and laconic wit touch up The Colour of Memory.' The Times


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'Not since Colin MacInnes's City of Spades and Absolute Beginners thirty years ago has a novel stuck a flick-knife so accurately into the young and marginal city' The Times

* Of all the hyped novels about 1980s London, it remains one of the most genuine -- Peter Jukes New Statesman * Captures the vigour and life of Brixton ... There are vivid tableaux of street life, shot through a compassionate lens ... sustained and powerful Sunday Times * Dyer writes crisp Martin Amis-inflected prose, full of acute and neat phrases TLS * In the race to be first in describing the lost generation of the 1980s, Geoff Dyer in The Colour of Memory leads past the winning post. Not since Colin MacInnes's City of Spades and Absolute Beginners thirty years ago has a novel stuck a flick-knife so accurately into the young and marginal city. A low-keyed style and laconic wit touch up The Colour of Memory The Times

Geoff Dyer is the author of Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi and three previous novels, as well as nine non-fiction books. Dyer has won the Somerset Maugham Prize, the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Fiction, a Lannan Literary Award, the International Center of Photography's 2006 Infinity Award for writing on photography and the American Academy of Arts and Letters' E.M. Forster Award. In 2009 he was named GQ's Writer of the Year. He won a National Book Critics Circle Award in 2012 and was a finalist in 1998. He lives in London.

General Fields

  • : 9780857862716
  • : Canongate Books Ltd
  • : Canongate Books Ltd
  • : 0.2
  • : November 2012
  • : 129mm X 198mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : January 2013
  • : books

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  • : Geoff Dyer
  • : Paperback
  • : 2
  • : English
  • : 823.92
  • : 288