I’m Supposed to Protect You From All This

Nadja Spiegelman’s memoir of her life, her mother’s and her grandmother’s is utterly compelling, infuriating and deeply familiar.  It exists on two separate levels: the fascinating and heartbreaking stories and patterns across so many generations of women in that family; and the endless fight against subjectivity, the debate on truth.  Just because facts contradict memory, does that make the memory less formative if it is so deeply felt?  It is a contemporary approach to non-fiction storytelling that openly recounts its own writing process and struggles, and debates issues of objectivity and reliability of memory in its own pages. Continue reading