A Dutch novel about memory. It takes the notion that the ARC gene is connected to brain plasticity and has virus-like properties, and turns it into not just an old retrovirus that gave us memory, but also a still existing virus that can carry information and memories between organisms. A US neuroscientist goes to India and gains insight, and ends up in Amsterdam in a coma. Very enjoyable book. The contour of Osinga’s fascination with the idea and topic stood out to me throughout most of the book, making me an observer of the story rather than being ‘in it’, but the ending made up well for it.

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