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The Amnesia Clinic

James Scudamore


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Anti and Fabián are best friends and classmates at the Quito International School. Anti (short for Anthony) is the quiet, asthmatic English kid, and Fabián is the char­ismatic and flamboyant local. Anti lives in the dull ex-pat world inhabited by his parents, while Fabián lives with his cool, eccentric Uncle Suarez. Suarez, a storyteller par excel­lence, infects the boys with his passion for outlandish tales. Before long, the relationship between these two fifteen-year-olds becomes one conducted entirely through the medium of storytelling, and they lose sight of the boundaries between fact and fiction. 
With confused emotions and a tenuous grip on reality, the boys embark on a quixotic voyage across Ecuador in search of an “Amnesia Clinic” that may or may not exist. A complex and beautifully crafted piece of storytelling about storytelling itself, The Amnesia Clinic explores how truth can be so very much more fanciful than fact, and how the collision between fantasy and reality can lead to harmful delusions.

Praise For The Amnesia Clinic


"The Amnesia Clinic is a wonderful debut—witty, polished, fluent and effortlessly entertaining. Warmest congratulations to James Scudamore. I hope it wins prizes."—Hilary Mantel, author of Beyond Black

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 9780151012657, 304pp.

Publication Date: January 8, 2007

About the Author

JAMES SCUDAMORE spent a peripatetic childhood in Japan, Brazil, Ecuador, and the United Kingdom, after which he graduated from Oxford University with a first-class degree in modern languages and completed an MA in creative writing at the University of East Anglia.