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."
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 212 pages
- Publisher: Peter Owen Publishers
- Publication Date: 01/09/2001
- Category: Anthologies (non-poetry)
- ISBN: 9780720611236