• The first step in liquidating a people is to erase its memory. Destroy its books, its culture, its history. Then have somebody write new books, manufacture a new culture, invent a new history. Before long that nation will begin to forget what it is and what it was... The struggle of man against power is the struggle of memory against forgetting.

    The Book of Laughter and Forgetting pt. 1, sec. 2 (1980) (translation by Michael Henry Heim)
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