Scar Tissue by Michael Ignatieff

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The author of Blood and Belonging chronicles one woman's descent into Alzheimer's and her sons' painful witness to the tragedy, which is enhanced by their careers in philosophy and neurology and by strengthened family bonds.

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Michael Ignatieff, born in Toronto in 1947, and educated at the University of Toronto and Harvard and Cambridge universities, has written television programs for the BBC, novels, and works of nonfiction. He has also authored essays and reviews for several publications including The New York Times. From 1990-93, he wrote a weekly column on international affairs for The Observer. His family memoir, The Russian Album, received Canada's Governor General Award in 1988. His second novel, Scar Tissue, was short-listed for the Booker Prize in 1993. Other nonfiction works include A Just Measure of Pain, the Penitentiary in the Industrial Revolution and the Warrior's Honor: Ethic War and the Modern Conscience.
Published October 1, 1994 by Farrar Straus & Giroux (T). 199 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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As he struggles to find some meaning in his mother's life, his own, and even in the disease (which he suspects he has inherited), he comes to believe that there is a ``pure and heartless reality beyond anything a living soul can comprehend.'' Disease not as a metaphor but as a prescription ...

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There is irony in his insight that ``we have just enough knowledge to know our fate but not enough to do anything to avert it.'' The ramifications of the mother's decline destroy the family: the narrator ascribes his father's fatal heart attack, the demise of his own marriage, a break with his br...

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The connection of these with the writing of the novel is made when the brothers tidy up their father's study after his death: 'The half-sentence he had left behind in the typewriter began: 'As you all know, deep-disc ploughing will .

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Reviews Philosophy About Our Affiliates Books & Audios Recently Reviewed The middle-aged narrator of Michael Ignatieff's novel Scar Tissue is completely decked by the death of his father and his mother's descent into Alzheimer's disease.

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