REMEMBERING GOD: THE MEMORY OF LOVE BY AMINATTA FORNA
Dr Frank England, Honorary Research Associate, Department of Religious Studies, University of Cape Town
Set in Sierra Leone, Aminatta Forna’s novel spans some thirty years as it charts the hopes, loves, silences, and betrayals that scarred the nation during the years of unrest and civil conflict. As the past is retrieved, the offences of active complicity and the trauma of survivor guilt are exposed, which recall ‘not love, but a memory of love’.
This lecture continues the theme of exploring the possible traces of transcendence that may be present in the fictional lives of characters in novels that began at the Summer School in 2019. The first series of lectures was published as Fictions of God (Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, 2020).
Forna won the Commonwealth Writer’s Best Book Award in 2011.