By Karen Valby
Updated December 01, 2000 at 05:00 AM EST

Prepare to feel confused and disoriented on this romp through The Vintage Book of Amnesia, a woozy realm of forgetfulness. But rest assured that you’re in the capable hands of Martin Amis, Jorge Luis Borges, Philip K. Dick, Vladimir Nabokov, and others. Jonathan Lethem, the author of 1999’s National Book Critics Circle award-winning novel Motherless Brooklyn, has compiled a collection of 31 stories and novel excerpts filled with ”haunted, desperate protagonists wandering the black-and-white streets of the Noir Metropolis wondering if they really did something terrible during their boozy binge….” He gleefully admits he’s created a genre that explores the ”white spaces that are fiction’s native habitat,” but instructs readers to ”forget this introduction. Here are some stories. Here’s a book.” Here’s one indeed — one you won’t soon forget. A-