The Breathless Zoo – ch7, Remembrance

A few quotes from this chapter that summarise the concept in my mind

“With loss comes remembrance, and with remembrance a longing for the departed and, it its absence, a sentimental yearning for a token, an object, something that can be felt and touched.”

“Death souvenirs have fallen out of vogue since the nineteenth century. Death is now put away, cleanly and promptly.”

“Organic materials have the potential to be far more haunting souvenirs than manufactured objects.”

“Nothing determines that bodily relics will be desired or, once taken, cherished. They should not exist. They should have been burned, buried, or floated out to sea, but instead they remain. As such, death relics an exhibit a strange kind of material longing: a desire to remember in a physical, tangible way, a longing to possess remembrance itself.”

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