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Last edited by Catherine Lenoble
November 6, 2014 | History

I am Lazarus 3 editions

Cover of: I am Lazarus | Anna Kavan
About the Book

First published in 1945, the stories collected under the title I Am Lazarus are a brilliant summation of the war experiences of Anna Kavan in Blitz-era London, working among invalided soldiers at a ‘military neurosis centre’ in Mill Hill. Kavan’s view of the capital and some of its war victims in this momentous era are typically original and oblique: ‘Lazarus’ is a patient revived from catatonia who somehow remains institutionalized; the Blitz spirit is coolly stripped of cheeriness and never-say-die in ‘Glorious Boys and ‘Our City’; there is a Hithcockian horror story in ‘The Gannets’, while in ‘Who Has Desired The Sea’ and ‘The Blackout’ the ‘shell-shocked’ have ultimately only seen war exacerbate old, long-suppressed psychological wounds. Chilling but compassionate classics, the I Am Lazarus collection, republished now after many years, are essential documents of the time – and of Anna Kavan. (From the book jacket, first british edition published in 1945).

Excerpts

“There is, I believe, a kind of telepathy between the condemned: a sort of intuitive recognition which can even make itself felt through the medium of the printed page. How else should I feel—without fear of appearing presumptuous, either—for this great man whom I never saw and to whom I could not have spoken, the tender, wincing, pathetic solicitude that painfully comes into being only between fellow-sufferers?”
added by Catherine Lenoble. "the medium of the printed page"

Classifications

Dewey 823/.9/12

3 editions First published in 1945

Edition Read Locate Buy
Cover of: I am Lazarus
2013, Peter Owen
I am Lazarus
Paperback in English
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1978, Peter Owen
I am Lazarus
Hardback in English - Reprint
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1945, Jonathan Cape
I am Lazarus
in English - First edition

History

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