The story of Anna P is a sparse disturbing novel reflecting the
past, present and future of a woman, Anna P, who lives on an island
off the coast of Italy but can no longer remember how she got
there. She comes from South Africa but has almost no memories of
the place or people there. The only person she has any relationship
with is a sex worker whom she pays by the hour. She has abusive
encounters with unknown men - and it is not clear whether she
occasionally kills these men or not. It is only when she begins to
connect emotionally with a young boy in her accidental care that
she finds some value in herself, some place which she will not
allow to be abused, and her life gradually change. This
meticulously crafted debut asks a number of difficult questions
about the nature of memory: Who are we if we lose our memories?
What does it mean to have no identity? And if we have no identity,
no sense of ourselves, how can we make any ethical choices? The
answers may not comfort the reader, but The story of Anna P, as
told by herself grounds such existential ponderings in a rich
imaginative landscape that will linger with the reader long after
the last page is read.
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