Title: Asylum Piece
Publication Date: 1946
Book Condition: Very Good. No Dustjacket
Edition: 1st Edition.
Garden City. 1946. Doubleday. 1st American Edition. Very Good. No Dustjacket. 312 pages. hardcover. keywords: Literature England Women. inventory # 28507. FROM THE PUBLISHER - The first six of her novels gave little indication of the experimental and disturbing nature of her later work. ASYLUM PIECE, a collection of short stories which explored the inner mindscape of the psychological explorer, heralded the new style and content of Kavan's writing. They were published after she was institutionalized for a heroin-related breakdown and suicide attempt. After her release, Kavan changed her name legally and set about a new career as an avant-garde writer in the mode of Franz Kafka. Her development of ‘nocturnal language’ involved the lexicon of dreams and addiction, mental instability and alienation. She has been compared to Djuna Barnes, Virginia Woolf and Anaïs Nin, as well as Kafka. (Nin was an admirer and unsuccessfully pursued a correspondence with Kavan.) On one occasion Kavan collaborated with her analyst and close friend, Karl Theodor Bluth, in writing ‘The Horse's Tale’ (1949). Bookseller Inventory # 28507
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