Memory Manifesto : A Walking Meditation through Cambodia

ISBN 978-616-7503-35-6
Paperback 5" - 7 3/4"
2017, 255 pages


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.


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“Memory, Moore opines eloquently, 'is mostly about survival; everything else is a bonus'.... Moore's memorised mandala is Cambodia.... Opening the memory gate through narrative is aesthetically congruous. Words unfold their own myth, and reading Moore's [Memory Manifesto] is like being in a dream.”
—Sawarin Suwichakornpong, Bangkok Post


“Christopher G. Moore's Memory Manifesto: A Walking Meditation through Cambodia is no easy linear stroll through remembrances past… [It] is a meditation in the truest sense – as a written exploration of memory, both personal and collective, and its relationship for the author to Cambodia.”
—James Reddick, Phnom Penh Post


“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


“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

Memory Manifesto : A Walking Meditation through Cambodia