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Sleep Has His House 10 editions

Cover of: Sleep Has His House | Anna Kavan
About the Book

Since her death in 1968, there has been a strong revival of interest in Anna Kavan's work. Sleep Has His House, combining autobiography with surrealist experimentation, deserves to rank with the author's best works.

In her foreword Anna Kavan writes: 'Life is tension or the result of tension; without tension the creative impulse cannot exist. If human life be taken as the result of tension between the two polarities night and day, night, the negative pole, must share equal importance with the positive day. At night, under the influence of cosmic radiations quite different from those of the day, human affairs are apt to come to a crisis. At night most human beings die and are born. Sleep Has His House describes in the night-time language certain stages in the development of one individual human being. No interpretation is needed of this language we have all spoken in childhood and in our dreams; but for the sake of unity a few words before every section indicate the corresponding events of the day.' (From the book jacket, british reprint published in 1973).

Excerpts

“Inexorable self, carried like the superfluous and tiresome piece of luggage which it is impossible to lose; franked with the customs’ stamp of every frontier, retrieved exasperatingly from the disaster where everything else is lost, companion of the dislocation of cancelled sailings and missed connections, witness of every catastrophe, survivor of all voyages and situations … I.”
added by Catherine Lenoble. "fan of a fan : http://veemignon.tumblr.com/post/86030645849/inexorable-self-carried-like-the-superfluous-and"

10 editions First published in 1947

Edition Read Locate Buy
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2003, Peter Owen
Sleep Has His House
in English
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1984, Michael Kesend Pub Ltd
Sleep Has His House
Hardcover in English
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1981, Talman Co , Inc in [S.l.] .
Sleep has his house
in English
Cover of: Casa del sono
1980, La Tartaruga
Casa del sono
in Italian
Cover of: Demeure du sommeil
1977, Henri Veyrier
Demeure du sommeil
in French - First edition in France
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1974, Picador
Sleep Has His House
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1973, Peter Owen
Sleep has his house
in English - Reprint
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1948, Cassell
Sleep Has His House
in English - First edition in UK
Cover of: The House of Sleep
1947, Double Day
The House of Sleep
in English - First edition
Cover of: Sleep Has His House
1984, February, Michael Kesend Pub Ltd
Sleep Has His House
Paperback in English

History

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