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Publisher: Anchor Canada
In the indeterminate future in an unnamed western city, physical impediments to immortality have been overcome. The prospect of eternal life, however, presents a new problem: rejuvenated bodies require rejuvenated identities. To make the transition, traces of a person’s past are erased and new, complete fictions are implanted in their stead. On occasion, though, cracks emerge, and reminders of discarded lives seep through, thoughts from a previous existence burrowing in the conscious mind.

Doctor Frank Sina specializes in sealing these memory leaks. He is satisfied in his profession, more or less secure in the life he shares with his much younger lover, content with his own fiction. But one day, Presley Smith arrives in Frank's office. Persistent thoughts are torturing Presley, recurring images of another time and place. As Frank tries to save Presley from the onslaught of memory, cracks emerge in his own fiction, and the thoughts that sneak through suggest a connection between the two men that goes well beyond a doctor and his patient.



His name was Presley Smith. It was the seventh or eighth time he’d had it, he told me. Each time this phenome- non in his mind began with one persistent thought, a string of words that had no meaning for him. It’s midnight, the lion is out.
     —And the...
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National Bestseller
A CBC Best Book
Canada Reads finalist

"Vassanji hardly needed the cover of speculative fiction to explore generational anxiety, ethnic identity, economic subjugation or postcolonial strife. Yet, it's a genre he inhabits with ease. Better still, the change of scenery has put him in an appealingly playful mood. Nostalgia is often funny and ironic." —The Globe and Mail

"This entertaining novel opens in the vein of Conrad, alludes to Mary Shelley, and works in aspects of The Bourne Identity and the drama of Patty Hearst. Who knew Vassanji could be this much fun? . . . [Nostalgia] is a brilliant success." —Literary Review of Canada

"Always a visual writer, Vassanji is virtually cinematic in his evocation of a dysfunctional, futuristic Toronto. . . . Nostalgia thrills, inspires, and, in its best moments, provokes." —Quill and Quire

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 • Winner of the 2003 Giller Prize
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 • "This novel is one of the most satisfying you will come across in a fall season that is quickly shaping up to be stellar. . . . A gripping story and an enduring historical document." --National Post
 • "A novel of elegant gesture, complex understanding, bright passion and historical pain." --O, The Oprah Magazine