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Description - Asylum Piece by Anna Kavan

This collection of stories, mostly interlinked and largely autobiographical, chart the descent of the narrator from the onset of neurosis to final incarceration in a Swiss clinic. The sense of paranoia, of persecution by a foe or force that is never given a name, evokes The Trial by Kafka, a writer with whom Kavan is often compared, although her deeply personal, restrained, and almost foreign accented style has no true model. The same characters who recur throughoutthe protagonist's unhelpful "adviser," the friend and lover who abandons her at the clinic, and an assortment of deluded companionsare sketched without a trace of the rage, self-pity, or sentiment that have marked more recent accounts of mental instability."

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780720611236
ISBN-10: 0720611237
Format: Paperback
Pages: 212
Imprint: Peter Owen Publishers
Publisher: Peter Owen Publishers
Publish Date: 1-Sep-2001
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Anna Kavan

Anna Kavan was one of the greatest unsung enigmas in 20th-century British literature. Born Helen Ferguson, a fraught childhood and two failed marriages led her to change her name to that of one of her characters. Despite struggling with mental illness and heroin addiction for most of her life, she was still able to write fiction that was as powerful and memorable as any English female writer of the last 150 years.

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