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November 6, 2014 | History

Asylum piece and other stories 8 editions

Cover of: Asylum piece and other stories | Anna Kavan
About the Book

Since Anna Kavan died in 1968 there has been a strong revival of interest in her writings. Asylum Piece, a study of various aspects of insanity, first appeared in 1940 and still enjoys a reputation as one of its author's most original and perceptive books. It as, however, long been out of print.

Reviewing the original edition in the Sunday Times Sir Despond MacCarthy wrote:

'If Asylum Piece is not based on actual experience it is certainly an astonishing achievement. ... What is remarkable is that the subject of these stories not only kept the lamp alight in the fog of, at any rate, impending insanity, but was able to project dramatically the experience of fellow sufferers. That is just what the really insane can never do. ... There is a beauty about these stories which has nothing to do with their pathological interest, and is the result of art. Two or three, if signed by a famous name, might rank among the story-teller's memorable achievements. There is beauty in the stillness of the author's ultimate despair.' (From the book jacket, british reprint published in 1972).

Excerpts

One loses sleep, it becomes harder and harder to take any interest in conversation, books, music, plays, eating and drinking, love-making, even in one’s personal appearance. Ultimately one becomes completely cut off from reality, alone in a world in which there is nothing to do but wait, day after day, for some fate at which one can only guess …
added by Catherine Lenoble. "friend of Anna Kavan : http://sterility.tumblr.com/post/52224697171/one-loses-sleep-it-becomes-harder-and-harder-to"

8 editions First published in 1940

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2001, Peter Owen, Distributed in the USA by Dufour Editions
Asylum piece and other stories
in English
Cover of: Une représentation à l'asile
1983, Christian Bourgois
Une représentation à l'asile
in French - First edition in France
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1980, M. Kesend Pub.
Asylum piece and other stories
in English
Cover of: Asylum piece and other stories
1972, Peter Owen
Asylum piece and other stories
Hardcover in English - New edition
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1946, Double Day
Asylum piece and other stories
in English - First American edition
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1940, Jonathan Cape
Asylum piece and other stories
- First edition
Cover of: Asylum Piece and Other Stories
1984, February, Michael Kesend Pub Ltd
Asylum Piece and Other Stories
Hardcover
Cover of: Asylum Piece and Other Stories
1984, February, Michael Kesend Pub Ltd
Asylum Piece and Other Stories
Paperback in English

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