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Faces In The Water

Faces In The Water

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.
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Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Modern & Contemporary Fiction (post C 1945)

On Sale: 5th March 2009

Price: £8.99

ISBN-13: 9781844084616

Reviews

One of the most impressive accounts of madness to be found in literature ... A masterpiece
Anita Brookner
What an extraordinary woman she is, overcoming such obstacles, and making fresh and good use of them in her work
Doris Lessing
Lyrical, touching and deeply entertaining
John Mortimer, Observer
Janet Frame's luminous words are the more precious because they were snatched from the jaws of the disaster of her early life . . . and yet to read her is no more difficult than breathing
Hilary Mantel
Janet Frame is the greatest New Zealand writer. She is utterly herself. Any one of her books could be published today and it would be ground-breaking
Eleanor Catton