Set in an unspecified but eerily familiar time and landscape, this is the story of Mark, a protagonist who struggles against the machinations of a hostile society and bureaucracy. Orders are despatched from our UK warehouse next working day.
Asylum Piece Peter Owen Modern ClassicPeter Owen Publishers #ad - 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, although her deeply personal, evokes The Trial by Kafka, a writer with whom Kavan is often compared, of persecution by a foe or force that is never given a name, restrained, and almost foreign —accented style has no true model.
. The same characters who recur throughout—the protagonist's unhelpful "adviser, and an assortment of deluded companions—are sketched without a trace of the rage, " the friend and lover who abandons her at the clinic, self-pity, or sentiment that have marked more recent accounts of mental instability.
The Parson Peter Owen Modern ClassicPeter Owen Publishers #ad - Until that is, she persuades him to take her to a sinister castle situated on a treacherous headland. The parson of the title is not a cleric, but an upright young army officer so nick-named for his apparent prudishness. Passion is revealed as a play of the senses as well as a destructive force. Thought to have been written between the mid 50s and early 60s, through its undertones and imagery, it presages, some of Kavan’s last and most enduring fiction such as Ice.
There have been valid comparisons to poe, and thomas Hardy, but the presence of her trademark themes, Kafka, cleverly juxtaposed and set in her risk-taking prose, mark The Parson as 100% Kavan. On leave in his native homeland, he meets a rich and beguiling beauty, the woman of his dreams. This is less a tale of unrequited love than exploration of divided selves, momentarily locked in an unequal embrace.
The Parson Peter Owen Modern Classic #ad - But rejane grows restless in this desolate land; doubtless in love with the Parson, she discourages any intimacy. The days that the parson spends with Rejane, riding in and exploring the wild moorland have their own enchantment. It was published finally, to wide acclaim, by Peter Owen in 1995. The parson was not published in Anna Kavan’s lifetime, but found after her death in manuscript form.
Sleep Has His House Peter Owen Modern ClassicPeter Owen Publishers #ad - Revealing that side of life which is never seen by the waking eye but which dreams and drugs can suddenly emphasize, this startling discovery illustrates how these nighttime illuminations reveal the narrator's joy for the living world. Brief flashes of daily experience from childhood, adolescence, and youth are described in what is defined as "nighttime language"—a heightened, decorative prose that frees these events from their gloomy associations.
The novel suggests we have all spoken this dialect in childhood and in our dreams, but these thoughts can only be sharpened or decoded by contemplation in the dark. A classic later novel by Anna Kavan. A largely autobiographical account of an unhappy childhood, this daring synthesis of memoir and surrealist experimentation chronicles the subject's gradual withdrawal from the daylight world of received reality.
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I Am Lazarus Peter Owen Modern ClassicPeter Owen Publishers #ad - Short stories addressing the surreal realities of mental illness, from an incredible cult writer often compared to Kafka and Woolf The tortured life of Anna Kavan brought her some reward in terms of great pieces of art. Peter Owen Publishers. Her drug addiction bore fruit in the julia and the Bazooka collection of stories; while this companion volume recalls her experience of the asylum—powerful, haunting works which can be harrowing but are full of sympathy too.
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Who Are You? Peter Owen Modern ClassicPeter Owen Publishers #ad - Depicting the hopeless, emotional polarity of a young couple, this novel follows their doomed marriage spent in a remote, tropical hell. Dog-head, " is an unreconstructed thug and heavy drinker who rapes his wife, otherwise passing his time bludgeoning rats with a tennis racket. Peter Owen Publishers. The constant question of the jungle "brain-lever" bird remains unanswered: who are you? Peter Owen Publishers.
He, "Mr. Together with a visiting stranger, "suede Boots"—who urges the woman to escape until he is banished by her husband—these characters live through the same situations twice. With slight variation in the background and the novel's atmosphere, neither the outcome nor the characters themselves are quite the same the second time.
Who Are You? Peter Owen Modern Classic #ad - She—described only as "the girl"—is young, sophisticated and sensitive. Their identities are equally real—or unreal—in each case.
A Scarcity of Love Peter Owen Modern ClassicPeter Owen Publishers #ad - A Scarcity of Love Peter Owen Modern Classic #ad - Discarding such aids to realism as geography and mundane physical facts, this narrative tells the story of a young girl, rejected by her narcissistic and vengeful mother, whose life thereafter is a continuing series of betrayals that can lead only to the dead end of madness and death. Demonstrating a nearly perfect control over language, this tale describes, in the simplest and most ordinary of terms, the bizarre and hallucinatory landscape of derangement.
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Julia and the Bazooka Peter Owen Modern ClassicPeter Owen Publishers #ad - Peter Owen Publishers. Peter Owen Publishers. An important literary work, these narratives highlight the shadowed world of the incurable drug addict and probe the psychological aspects of addiction. Anna kavan now stands alongside Virginia Woolf as one of Britain's great 20th-century modernists. In this posthumous collection of kavan's short stories, some of the author's most compelling writing is revealed, inspired in great part by her personal experiences—especially her nearly lifelong addiction to heroin.
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MercuryPeter Owen Ltd #ad - Set against a world facing apocalypse, a man searches for a woman who has left her sadistic husband. Peter Owen Publishers. Peter Owen Publishers. Used book in Good Condition. Peter Owen Ltd. This glittering, hallucinogenic novel is surely one of the best inspired by drug-taking. Doris lessing ""A work of genius.
Mercury #ad - Publishers weekly ""exquisite, lapidary prose brilliantly illuminates the eerie land that lurks deep within the mind, waiting to surprise and torment. Kirkus Reviews.
Ice: 50th Anniversary Edition Penguin ClassicsPenguin Classics #ad - Kavan’s 1967 novel has built a reputation as an extraordinary and innovative work of literature, garnering acclaim from China Miéville, Patti Smith, J. Peter Owen Ltd. G. Peter Owen Publishers. Used book in Good Condition. A novel unlike any other, a prescient warning of climate change and totalitarianism, Ice is at once a dystopian adventure shattering the conventions of science fiction, a feminist exploration of violence and trauma, a Kafkaesque literary dreamscape, and a brilliant allegory for its author’s struggles with addiction—all crystallized in prose glittering as the piling snow.
A half century after its first appearance, Kavan’s fever dream of a novel is beginning to seem all too real. The new yorker in a frozen, apocalyptic landscape, destruction abounds: great walls of ice overrun the world and secretive governments vie for control. He crosses icy seas and frozen plains, searching ruined towns and ransacked rooms, all to free her from the grips of a tyrant known only as the warden and save her before the ice closes all around.
Ice: 50th Anniversary Edition Penguin Classics #ad - Few contemporary novelists could match the intensity of her vision. J. G. A dazzling and haunting vision of the end of the world, Ice is a masterpiece of literary science fiction now in a new 50th anniversary edition with a foreword by Jonathan Lethem"One might become convinced that Kavan had seen the future.
Haunted Castles: The Complete Gothic Stories Penguin HorrorPenguin Classics #ad - For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. Penguin Books. With more than 1, 700 titles, penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Peter Owen Publishers. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.
Used book in Good Condition. Horror legend ray russell’s haunting and macabre stories, including the famously terrifying novella trio of “Sardonicus, with a foreword by acclaimed filmmaker Guillermo del Toro Haunted Castles is the definitive, complete collection of Ray Russell’s masterful Gothic horror stories, ” “Sanguinarius, including “perhaps the finest example of the modern Gothic ever written” Stephen King, ” and “Sagittarius.
Haunted Castles: The Complete Gothic Stories Penguin Horror #ad - The characters that sprawl through haunted castles are frightful to the core: the heartless monster holding two lovers in limbo; the beautiful dame journeying down a damned road toward depravity with the help of an evil gypsy; the man who must wear his fatal crimes on his face in the form of an awful smile.
Engrossing, and completely entrancing, grotesque, Russell’s Gothic tales are the best kind of dreadful. Peter Owen Ltd. Peter Owen Publishers.