Everything I Don't Remember

Everything I Don't Remember

Translated by: Rachel Willson-Broyles
Winner of the August Prize for Fiction

Dazzlingly inventive, witty and mysterious: a writer pieces together the story of a young man's death in an exhilarating narrative puzzle reminiscent of the hit podcast Serial.

A young man dies in a car crash - accident or suicide? An unnamed writer with an agenda of his own sets out to piece together Samuel's story. From friends, relatives and neighbours, a portrait emerges of a loving son, reluctant bureaucrat, contrived poser, loyal friend. But who was Samuel really, and what happened to him? In filling out the contours of his existence, the writer grasps at a fundamental question: how do we account for the substance of a life?

'My books of the year [include] Jonas Hassen Khemiri's enigmatic novel' Joyce Carol Oates

Heartbreakingly sad and laugh-out-loud funny . . . Its chorus of drifters, romantics and cynics stick in the memory, each competing to tell their own truth’ Hari Kunzru

​'Unforgettable. In this non-putdownable puzzle of a story, Khemiri manages to both thrill and break your heart' Gary Shteyngart

'Khemiri's audacious and richly drawn novel pushes the boundaries of literary fiction . . . Beneath the structural pyrotechnics lies a broader story of imposition, appropriation and lack of individual agency: that of the immigrant experience' Lucy Scholes, The National

  • Scribner UK | 
  • 320 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781471155109 | 
  • June 2017
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About the Author

Jonas Hassen Khemiri
Photograph (c) Martin Stenmark

Jonas Hassen Khemiri

Jonas Hassen Khemiri is a novelist and internationally acclaimed playwright considered to be one of the most important young writers in Sweden, where his debut novel was major bestseller and a generation-defining book. His fourth novel, Everything I Don't Remember, was awarded the August Prize, Sweden's highest literary honour, and was a Top Ten bestseller. Khemiri lives in Stockholm with his family.