Faces In The Water

Faces In The Water

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Paperback Published on: 05/03/2009
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'One of the most impressive accounts of madness to be found in literature' ANITA BROOKNER

'Lyrical, touching and deeply entertaining' JOHN MORTIMER, OBSERVER

'Any one of her books could be published today and it would be ground-breaking' ELEANOR CATTON

'I was now an established citizen with little hope of returning across the frontier; I was in the crazy world, separated now by more than locked doors and barred windows from the people who called themselves sane.'

When Janet Frame's doctor suggested that she write about her traumatic experiences in mental institutions in order to free herself from them, the result was Faces in the Water, a powerful and poignant novel.

Istina Mavet descends through increasingly desolate wards, with the threat of leucotomy ever present. As she observes her fellow patients, long dismissed by hospital staff with humour and compassion, she reveals her original and questing mind. This riveting novel became an international classic, translated into nine languages, and has also been used as a medical school text.

  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
  • ISBN: 9781844084616
  • Number of pages: 240
  • Weight: 166g
  • Dimensions: 133 x 181 x 16 mm

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