Early on in The Memory Palace, Mira Bartók describes her own life as a palimpsest, a tablet or parchment used again and again after earlier writing has been erased. Following a life-altering brain injury, Bartók leaves messages for herself on what she calls her memory table, working hard to appear healthy and articulate, a process she describes as second nature. “We children of schizophrenics are the great secret-keepers, the ones who don’t want you to think anything is wrong.” It is clear from the beginning of this touching, evocative memoir that the life related by Bartók is anything but right.
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