Journey Around My Flat is the fourth in a series of five memoirs. Previous volumes are The Arithmetic of Memory (on growing up in Hampstead Garden Suburb), Silent Conversations (where the author draws on the books in his library to generate thoughts about reading and re-reading) and A Vanished Hand (a short illustrated account of his long-lost autograph album from the 1950s). The final volume is a work-in-progress: In the Picture: Office Hours at the Studio of Paula Rego, an account of the author’s ongoing close association with the painter since the two first met in 1996.
Journey Around My Flat continues his practice – in the footsteps of Georges Perec and other French writers – of using objects to trigger memories. Rudolf takes the reader on a guided tour of each room in the North London flat, where he has lived for forty years, and includes a generous supply of photos. The book – running parallel to Silent Conversations – is a chronological successor to The Arithmetic of Memory, which ended with the author about to leave for university.
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