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Scar Tissue

Scar Tissue

The unnamed narrator is a young Englishman whose mother is dying of Alzheimer’s disease. Her husband dies brokenhearted shortly after her, and the narrator’s wife grows more and more distant from him in the midst of all this. The narrator’s brother, a neurologist, resists his brother’s attempt to find some meaning in these tragedies and asserts that no redemption is possible in the face of death.

Scar Tissue

About the Author

Michael Ignatieff

Michael Ignatieff was born in Toronto, Canada, in May 1947. A regular broadcaster and critic on television and radio, he has hosted many programmes including Channel 4’s Voices, the BBC’s arts programme The Late Show, and the award-winning series Blood and Belonging: Journeys into the New Nationalism.

His books include A Just Measure of Pain: Penitentiaries in the Industrial Revolution, 1780-1850 (1978), a study of the English penal system; The Russian Album (1987), a memoir of his family’s exile from Russia to Canada, which won the Governor General’s Award for Non-Fiction (Canada) and the Heinemann Award; Scar Tissue (1993), shortlisted for both the Booker Prize for Fiction and the Whitbread Novel Award; and Isaiah Berlin: A Life (1998), the result of 10 years’ research, which was shortlisted for both the Jewish Quarterly Literary Prize for Non-Fiction and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize.