We are where we’ve been and what we’ve read, aren’t we? Where else do we get the experience we need to evocatively live? In Fragments of a Mortal Mind, Donald Anderson confronts language and employs language to try to make sense, as we all do, of life.
In this contemporary commonplace book, readers are also faced with some of the larger issues of human existence: war, memory, trauma, family, mortality, religion, fear, joy, ugliness, and occasional beauty. At once a memoir, a reading journal, and a nonfiction novel, Fragments of a Mortal Mind is a pertinent and timely conversation. Collage on this scale, charting the interior construction of thought over a lifetime, boggles the mind in its artistry and shows us how stream-of-consciousness and the art of fragmentation have evolved and merged into one another in ways that renew them both.Although this work is comprised of fragments, this is, in fact, long-form thinking—a way of thinking and perceiving the world that is desperately needed in our time.
“It is a daring and well-conceived book—one that shows us how the disparate elements of our lives gather into the construction of our deepest selves.” —Brian Turner, author of My Life as a Foreign Country: A Memoir
“The Commonplace Book is at turns incisive, funny, and tender, a welcome glimpse inside the mind of a talented writer. Throughout the book Anderson reminds us that as slippery as memory can be, that unwieldiness never diminishes its power.” —Sara Novíc, author of Girl at War