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A poetic book of voices, landscapes and the passing of time, Ann Quin's finely wrought novel reflects the multiple yearnings of the very word 'passages'. Two characters move through the book: a woman in search of her brother, and her lover (a masculine reflection of herself) in search of himself. The form of the novel, reflecting the schizophrenia of the characters, is split into two sections: a narrative and a diary annotated with those thoughts that provoked the entries.
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Ann Quin, a winner of the DH Lawrence award and a Harkness Fellowship, wrote two novels, Berg and Three, before Passages and her fourth novel, Tripticks.From Booklist:
A schizophrenic woman wanders beaches and hotels, delusions and detention camps, searching for her brother; her schizophrenic lover finds violent mythology as he searches his fantasies for himself. Both navigate poetic dreamscapes of obsession and orgiastic sadism as they traverse Europe by train, increasingly distant from each other as they near what they seek. The woman's fluid, impressionistic narrative contrasts schizophrenically with her lover's cryptic, annotated journal entries, but both describe the metamorphosis of mental illness and especially the passage of time. As with other antinovels emphasizing perception of mental states and passage of time over plot and linear narrative, this book uses carefully crafted imagery to stimulate the reader's subconscious. Given that this particular antinovel is also an exploration of the chaotic subconscious of two schizophrenics, its sensate sex-and-violence imagery becomes doubly significant: a stream of subconsciousness that describes waking dreams while feeling like one. It will interest fans of avant-garde fiction and students of the aesthetic side of mental illness alike. Brendan Driscoll
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Book Description Marion Boyars Publishers, 1972. Paperback. Condition: Brand New. 112 pages. In Stock. Seller Inventory # __0714500569
Book Description Marion Boyars Publishers, 1972. Paperback. Condition: Brand New. 112 pages. In Stock. Seller Inventory # zk0714500569