Stammered Songbook

A Mother's Book of Hours
Author(s): Erwin Mortier
Original Publish Date: Jan 05, 2016
Product Number: EB00607155
Released: Jan 05, 2016
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781782271475
Publisher: Pushkin Press
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'What makes me saddest, is the double silence of her being. Language has packed its bags and jumped over the railing of the capsizing ship, but there is also another silence in her or around her. I can no longer hear the music of her soul.' One day, the author's mother no longer remembers the word for 'book'. This seemingly innocuous moment of distraction is the first sign of the slow disintegration of her mind. As Alzheimer's disease sets in and language increasingly escapes her, her son attempts to gather the fragments of what she has become, writing a moving, loving chronicle of the gradual descent into dementia of someone who 'no longer knows who she is, where she is or what will happen'.