Memory Manifesto: A Walking Meditation through Cambodia
I’ve published a memoir that I hope you will find this 25-year odyssey into my memories of Cambodia both stimulating and provocative.
Here’s the back story: Memory Manifesto’s 35 short chapters reveal Christopher G. Moore’s personal map of the Cambodia labyrinth. Moore worked as journalist, novelist, and essayist which took him through T-3 prison, Khmer Rouge minefields, border refugee camps in the company of activists, artists, film makers, musicians, writers and unsavory characters. The overall effect is a powerful vision of one writer’s memory shaped by the forces of myth-making, illusions, history and imagination.
Here’s what a couple of Cambodian old hands have said about Memory Manifesto.
"Fascinating! Christopher Moore shows us that, contrary to accepted belief, we are more likely to discover who we are through probing our imaginations, than relying on our selective and often vanishing memories."
—Roland Joffé, director of Oscar winning The Killing Fields
"Christopher Moore has mined two decades of experience and observation in Cambodia to present an examination of the nature of memory, of the choices we make and the tricks our imagination plays to create what he calls 'an imaginary reconstruction' of the past... A very interesting and creative book."
—Seth Mydans, long-time Southeast Asia correspondent, The New York Times
The first review by Paul Dorsey in The Nation on 23 July 2017:
“An extraordinary undertaking, melding memoir, science and portraiture in an entirely unprecedented form of assemblage… In “chasing after the memory of the ghosts of Cambodia”, Christopher Moore has written a memoir for each of us. And he’s done all the heavy lifting on our behalf.”
—Paul Dorsey, The Nation
Memory Manifesto’s available online as an ebook for $7.95 @:
Don’t like ebooks? No worries. The POD (print on demand paperback edition) will be available by 30th July 2017 on the above websites.
I hope you’ll buy the book and spread the word with friends, colleagues, and total strangers. Remember to tell them this: Memory is like your mother—an essential part of your life that you can never escape and defines the person you’ve become.