From Jane Gardam’s forgetful Old Filth to a misremembered Man Booker, this year’s festival is all about the power of the mindMemory has been much on the minds of Edinburgh festival-goers this week, with neuroscientist Susan Greenfield exploring its relationship with the imagination, and Chris Ware and Joe Sacco explaining its role in the creation of comics. Both graphic fiction (such as Ware’s Building Stories) and non-fiction (such as Sacco’s accounts of Gaza and Bosnia) are structured around memory, they agreed – whether that involved assembling reportage into visual sequences or building commonplace scenes into graphic narratives. The difference between photojournalism and graphic non-fiction, said Sacco, was that photojournalism was about finding a single expressive picture, whereas graphic journalism was about repeated images: the power of comics lay in their capacity to replicate the experience of walking around Gaza, for instance, through recurrent images of local graffiti.Along with the power of memory came some intriguing examples of its lapses. Octogenarian novelist Jane Gardam has built the vagaries of the ageing mind into the structure of her latest novel, Last Friends. In this third book in her Old Filth trilogy, “the titans were gone”, leaving two bit-part players to hold the …read more

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