"I’ve been thinking lately about immortality. What it means to be remembered, what I want to be remembered for, certain questions concerning memory and fame. I love watching old movies. I watch the faces of long-dead actors on the screen, and I think about how they’ll never truly die. I know that’s a cliché but it happens to be true. Not just the famous ones who everyone knows, the Clark Gables, the Ava Gardners, but the bit players, the maid carrying the tray, the butler, the cowboys in the bar, the third girl from the left in the nightclub. They’re all immortal to me. First we only want to be seen, but once we’re seen, that’s not enough anymore. After that, we want to be remembered."
Emily St. John Mandel's literary sensation, Station Eleven (hardback by Picador Books), is a dystopian novel documenting the outcome of a deadly flu epidemic that annihilates more than 99% of the population. The few people that somehow managed to not get infected must now learn how to live and not just survive.
Should you want to find out more about this book, here's the video where I talk about it: