For Robert Ludlum, life has indeed been his most endearing mentor. He published his first book. And the world suddenly went dark. He was not able to remember anything for twelve hours. It was as though he no longer existed. No name. No memory. No past. Ludlum’s affliction with temporary amnesia formed the backdrop for his most successful thrillers in print and on the screen: The Bourne Trilogy.
He knew exactly what and how Jason Bourne must be feeling. Robert Ludlum had lived in the black of the shadows before.
The Bourne Identity was written by Robert Ludlum. It was published in 1980.