By Gerda Saunders
Based on the “field notes” kept in her journal, Memory’s Last Breath is Gerda Saunders’ astonishing window into the life of a fiercely intellectual person, living with the reality that her brain is betraying her. She reveals a life distorted by dementia, by chronicling her daily life – with accounts of shopping episodes cut short by unintentional shoplifting, car trips derailed when she loses her way, and the embarrassment of forgetting what she has just said to a room of colleagues. Coping with the complications of losing short-term memory, Saunders nonetheless embarks on a personal investigation of the brain and its mysteries, examining science and literature, and immersing herself in vivid memories of her childhood in South Africa.
Written in her own distinctive voice without a trace of self-pity, Memory’s Last Breath is both courageous and brutally honest – an eye opening work of breathtaking defiance.